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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

53-6051 Transportation Inspectors

Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people. Includes rail transportation inspectors, such as freight inspectors; rail inspectors; and other inspectors of transportation vehicles, not elsewhere classified. Excludes "Transportation Security Screeners" (33-9093).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
29,990 3.2 % $36.22 $75,330 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.88 $24.33 $35.47 $47.58 $59.61
Annual Wage (2) $28,870 $50,610 $73,780 $98,970 $123,980


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,500 0.22 $53.06 $110,370
Rail Transportation 4,330 1.86 $41.88 $87,120
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,260 0.08 $34.84 $72,460
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,310 0.15 $25.92 $53,910
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 3,160 0.34 $21.03 $43,750

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 4,330 1.86 $41.88 $87,120
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 560 1.64 $32.37 $67,340
Support Activities for Water Transportation 1,160 1.25 $39.38 $81,910
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,430 0.66 $33.62 $69,940
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 3,160 0.34 $21.03 $43,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,500 0.22 $53.06 $110,370
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $43.22 $89,890
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,320 0.29 $42.93 $89,300
Rail Transportation 4,330 1.86 $41.88 $87,120
Support Activities for Water Transportation 1,160 1.25 $39.38 $81,910


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 4,520 0.37 1.80 $40.51 $84,250
California 3,760 0.22 1.07 $36.68 $76,290
Georgia 1,280 0.29 1.41 $34.06 $70,850
Florida 1,120 0.13 0.63 $41.03 $85,340
Washington 1,050 0.32 1.56 $35.33 $73,480




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 210 0.68 3.27 $50.89 $105,850
Wyoming 170 0.63 3.05 $33.88 $70,470
Delaware 190 0.43 2.08 (8) (8)
Texas 4,520 0.37 1.80 $40.51 $84,250
Montana 170 0.36 1.73 $37.21 $77,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 210 0.68 3.27 $50.89 $105,850
Maine 90 0.14 0.69 $48.71 $101,310
District of Columbia 250 0.35 1.70 $48.38 $100,630
North Dakota 60 0.15 0.74 $41.84 $87,030
Wisconsin 140 0.05 0.23 $41.82 $86,990





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,150 0.44 2.11 $34.57 $71,900
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,730 0.58 2.81 $37.77 $78,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,390 0.23 1.10 $38.28 $79,610
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,090 0.30 1.47 $43.19 $89,840
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 890 0.33 1.60 $35.24 $73,300
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 820 0.41 2.00 $37.26 $77,500
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 620 0.26 1.23 $41.78 $86,890
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 590 0.29 1.39 $28.37 $59,000
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 570 0.21 1.00 $34.86 $72,510
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 510 0.20 0.95 $41.94 $87,230




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Springfield, IL 90 0.82 3.96 $39.48 $82,110
Anchorage, AK 130 0.76 3.69 $51.14 $106,380
Lancaster, PA 160 0.64 3.07 $16.56 $34,450
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,730 0.58 2.81 $37.77 $78,550
Laredo, TX 50 0.49 2.38 $22.51 $46,830
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,150 0.44 2.11 $34.57 $71,900
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 820 0.41 2.00 $37.26 $77,500
Salt Lake City, UT 260 0.36 1.75 $27.39 $56,970
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 890 0.33 1.60 $35.24 $73,300
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 310 0.31 1.50 $30.20 $62,820




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Anchorage, AK 130 0.76 3.69 $51.14 $106,380
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 80 0.14 0.65 $48.10 $100,050
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 50 0.05 0.23 $45.66 $94,980
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 50 0.04 0.19 $45.57 $94,790
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 230 0.18 0.88 $44.95 $93,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 490 0.16 0.76 $44.88 $93,340
Greensboro-High Point, NC 60 0.17 0.82 $44.48 $92,510
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 120 0.18 0.87 $44.43 $92,410
Richmond, VA (8) (8) (8) $43.66 $90,810
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 40 0.07 0.36 $43.42 $90,320

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 200 2.38 11.51 $35.02 $72,830
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 70 0.21 1.01 $32.15 $66,860
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 2.52 $48.98 $101,870
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 0.91 $32.29 $67,160
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.74 3.56 $23.75 $49,400

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 200 2.38 11.51 $35.02 $72,830
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.74 3.56 $23.75 $49,400
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 2.52 $48.98 $101,870
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 50 0.29 1.38 $26.25 $54,610
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 70 0.21 1.01 $32.15 $66,860

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 2.52 $48.98 $101,870
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 200 2.38 11.51 $35.02 $72,830
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 0.91 $32.29 $67,160
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 70 0.21 1.01 $32.15 $66,860
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.01 $66,580


About May 2018 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019