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Rail Transportation: NAICS 482

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About the Rail Transportation subsector

The rail transportation subsector is part of the transportation and warehousing sector.

Industries in the Rail Transportation subsector provide rail transportation of passengers and/or cargo using railroad rolling stock. The railroads in this subsector primarily either operate on networks, with physical facilities, labor force, and equipment spread over an extensive geographic area, or operate over a short distance on a local rail line.

North American Industry Classification System

The rail transportation subsector consists of a single industry group, Rail Transportation: NAICS 4821.

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in rail transportation. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Jan.
2015
Feb.
2015
Mar.
2015
Apr.
2015

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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243.0 244.5 (P) 244.9 (P) 245.6

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2014

Locomotive engineers

37,230

Rail car repairers

12,150

Rail-track laying and maintenance equipment operators

8,360

Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators

19,210

Railroad conductors and yardmasters

39,460

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for rail transportation.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings

Recent hourly and annual earnings for occupations commonly found in rail transportation.

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2014
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Locomotive engineers

26.23 27.48 54,560 57,160

Rail car repairers

26.95 26.92 56,070 56,000

Rail-track laying and maintenance equipment operators

24.82 24.73 51,620 51,450

Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators

25.64 25.68 53,340 53,420

Railroad conductors and yardmasters

26.14 26.86 54,370 55,870

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in rail transportation. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

19 23 17 14

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

2.0 1.9 1.8 2.0

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.4 1.4 1.3 1.4

Cases involving days away from work

1.3 1.3 1.1 1.3

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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2015
Feb.
2015
Mar.
2015
Apr.
2015

Producer price index

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(P) 185.0 (P) 182.6 (P) 179.4 (P) 180.1

Percent change from previous month

(P) -0.2% (P) -1.3% (P) -1.8% (P) 0.4%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in rail transportation.

Establishments

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4th quarter
2013
1st quarter
2014
2nd quarter
2014
3rd quarter
2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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107 (P) 101 (P) 104 (P) 108

Local government

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State government

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2 (P) 2 (P) 2 (P) 2

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Data extracted on: May 27, 2015

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