Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

53-6051 Transportation Inspectors

Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people. Include rail transport inspectors, such as freight inspectors, car inspectors, rail inspectors, and other nonprecision inspectors of other types of transportation vehicles.

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)
24,250 2.0 % $29.38 $61,110 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.75 $19.93 $27.06 $37.91 $50.45
Annual Wage (2) $28,600 $41,460 $56,290 $78,850 $104,940


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,410 $47.51 $98,810
Rail Transportation 3,890 $28.26 $58,770
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,790 $27.36 $56,900
State Government (OES Designation) 2,810 $22.43 $46,660
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,300 $26.52 $55,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,410 $47.51 $98,810
Management of Companies and Enterprises 70 $33.78 $70,260
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 910 $32.59 $67,790
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) $30.01 $62,420
Support Activities for Water Transportation 230 $28.91 $60,120


State profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Wyoming 180 $21.88 $45,520 0.650
Alaska 180 $36.87 $76,680 0.572
District of Columbia 300 $44.97 $93,530 0.476
Montana 190 $27.54 $57,290 0.435
Nevada 380 $21.70 $45,140 0.322

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 300 $44.97 $93,530 0.476
Wisconsin 140 $37.91 $78,850 0.053
Oklahoma 270 $36.87 $76,700 0.178
Alaska 180 $36.87 $76,680 0.572
West Virginia 50 $35.77 $74,410 0.068


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

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

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Cheyenne, WY 50 $19.11 $39,740 1.101
Anchorage, AK 110 (8) (8) 0.661
Billings, MT 50 $27.16 $56,490 0.621
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 100 $17.24 $35,860 0.616
Wichita, KS 160 $36.44 $75,800 0.554

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Springfield, MA-CT 70 $47.44 $98,670 0.229
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 30 $43.88 $91,270 0.158
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 100 $43.37 $90,220 0.060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 460 $43.24 $89,950 0.201
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 40 $41.70 $86,740 0.118


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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