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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Transportation Inspectors
Industry profile for Transportation Inspectors
Geographic profile for Transportation Inspectors

National estimates for Transportation Inspectors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Transportation Inspectors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
27,360 3.6 % $ 39.10 $ 81,320 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Transportation Inspectors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.10 $ 26.24 $ 37.69 $ 51.54 $ 63.80
Annual Wage (2) $ 35,560 $ 54,580 $ 78,400 $ 107,200 $ 132,710


Industry profile for Transportation Inspectors:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Transportation Inspectors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 4,480 0.22 $ 55.78 $ 116,020
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 4,130 0.08 $ 35.99 $ 74,860
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 3,220 0.15 $ 27.97 $ 58,170
Rail Transportation 3,060 1.43 $ 43.12 $ 89,700
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,760 0.85 $ 40.41 $ 84,050

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Transportation Inspectors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 550 1.63 $ 37.01 $ 76,980
Rail Transportation 3,060 1.43 $ 43.12 $ 89,700
Support Activities for Water Transportation 770 0.88 $ 44.08 $ 91,680
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,760 0.85 $ 40.41 $ 84,050
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,280 0.29 $ 46.33 $ 96,360

Top paying industries for Transportation Inspectors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 4,480 0.22 $ 55.78 $ 116,020
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 90 0.20 $ 46.61 $ 96,950
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,280 0.29 $ 46.33 $ 96,360
Support Activities for Water Transportation 770 0.88 $ 44.08 $ 91,680
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 210 0.01 $ 43.58 $ 90,660


Geographic profile for Transportation Inspectors:

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





States with the highest employment level in Transportation Inspectors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,250 0.49 2.49 $ 36.27 $ 75,450
Texas 3,470 0.29 1.46 $ 41.12 $ 85,530
California 2,610 0.16 0.81 $ 39.45 $ 82,060
Florida 1,680 0.20 1.01 $ 44.46 $ 92,480
Georgia 1,150 0.27 1.36 $ 42.75 $ 88,910




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Transportation Inspectors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 210 0.69 3.52 $ 52.37 $ 108,930
New York 4,250 0.49 2.49 $ 36.27 $ 75,450
Wyoming 120 0.44 2.24 $ 29.73 $ 61,830
Oklahoma 640 0.41 2.08 $ 34.65 $ 72,070
Montana 190 0.41 2.07 $ 28.96 $ 60,250




Top paying states for Transportation Inspectors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 260 0.38 1.94 $ 53.30 $ 110,870
Alaska 210 0.69 3.52 $ 52.37 $ 108,930
New Hampshire 30 0.05 0.25 $ 47.71 $ 99,240
Wisconsin 100 0.04 0.18 $ 47.08 $ 97,920
Nevada 160 0.13 0.65 $ 45.34 $ 94,310





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Transportation Inspectors:

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 4,050 0.46 2.33 $ 36.78 $ 76,500
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,290 0.43 2.21 $ 39.78 $ 82,740
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,160 0.32 1.64 $ 41.65 $ 86,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 850 0.15 0.74 $ 36.64 $ 76,210
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 740 0.30 1.51 $ 48.20 $ 100,260
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 650 0.25 1.25 $ 50.18 $ 104,370
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 610 0.26 1.33 $ 47.12 $ 98,000
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 540 0.21 1.06 $ 37.06 $ 77,080
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 520 0.12 0.61 $ 33.83 $ 70,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 510 0.17 0.86 $ 47.72 $ 99,260




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Transportation Inspectors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Brunswick, GA 40 0.91 4.65 $ 29.00 $ 60,330
Charleston, WV 60 0.54 2.73 $ 31.60 $ 65,730
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 60 0.47 2.38 $ 37.21 $ 77,390
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,050 0.46 2.33 $ 36.78 $ 76,500
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,290 0.43 2.21 $ 39.78 $ 82,740
York-Hanover, PA 70 0.43 2.19 $ 41.43 $ 86,170
Billings, MT 30 0.37 1.87 $ 31.40 $ 65,300
Pittsburgh, PA 360 0.34 1.74 $ 32.97 $ 68,580
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,160 0.32 1.64 $ 41.65 $ 86,630
Urban Honolulu, HI 120 0.30 1.51 $ 37.44 $ 77,880




Top paying metropolitan areas for Transportation Inspectors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Portland-South Portland, ME 30 0.16 0.80 $ 57.34 $ 119,270
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 290 0.15 0.75 $ 56.68 $ 117,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 650 0.25 1.25 $ 50.18 $ 104,370
Columbia, SC 30 0.08 0.42 $ 49.09 $ 102,100
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 50 0.14 0.71 $ 48.96 $ 101,840
Wichita, KS 70 0.25 1.28 $ 48.78 $ 101,470
Springfield, MA-CT 60 0.19 0.96 $ 48.60 $ 101,090
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 740 0.30 1.51 $ 48.20 $ 100,260
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 70 0.06 0.28 $ 48.19 $ 100,230
Jacksonville, FL (8) (8) (8) $ 47.79 $ 99,400

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Transportation Inspectors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 1.88 $ 41.03 $ 85,330
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.48 2.44 $ 25.94 $ 53,960
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.06 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Transportation Inspectors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.48 2.44 $ 25.94 $ 53,960
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 1.88 $ 41.03 $ 85,330
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.06 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Transportation Inspectors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) (8) (8) (8) $ 45.23 $ 94,090
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 1.88 $ 41.03 $ 85,330
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 34.64 $ 72,050
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 29.53 $ 61,420
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.48 2.44 $ 25.94 $ 53,960


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021