Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

53-4013 Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers

Drive switching or other locomotive or dinkey engines within railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
6,170 13.3 % $18.41 $38,280 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.77 $15.04 $17.70 $20.56 $22.85
Annual Wage (2) $26,550 $31,290 $36,820 $42,760 $47,520

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Rail transportation 3,430 $19.49 $40,530
Support activities for rail transportation 750 $15.78 $32,810
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 720 $18.78 $39,060
General freight trucking 400 $16.62 $34,570
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying 190 $15.22 $31,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Coal mining 140 $20.11 $41,820
Rail transportation 3,430 $19.49 $40,530
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 720 $18.78 $39,060
Power generation and supply 50 $18.76 $39,010
General freight trucking 400 $16.62 $34,570

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
West Virginia 220 $19.04 $39,600 0.032%
Pennsylvania 490 $19.34 $40,230 0.009%
Mississippi 90 $32.32 $67,220 0.008%
Illinois 480 $18.91 $39,330 0.008%
New Jersey 290 $17.09 $35,550 0.007%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Mississippi 90 $32.32 $67,220 0.008%
Washington 30 $21.56 $44,850 0.001%
Texas 220 $20.50 $42,630 0.002%
Florida 200 $19.58 $40,730 0.003%
Minnesota 40 $19.46 $40,470 0.002%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Chicago, IL PMSA 320 $17.15 $35,670 0.008%
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 50 $15.86 $32,990 0.005%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Chicago, IL PMSA 320 $17.15 $35,670 0.008%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA (7) $17.14 $35,650 (7)
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 50 $15.86 $32,990 0.005%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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