Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

47-4061 Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators

Lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines. Includes ballast cleaning machine operators and railroad bed tamping machine operators.


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)
15,520 5.2 % $22.23 $46,230 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.50 $17.84 $22.10 $26.69 $30.25
Annual Wage (2) $30,160 $37,110 $45,970 $55,520 $62,920


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)
Rail Transportation 10,740 4.74 $22.76 $47,350
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,470 1.50 $16.55 $34,420
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 500 2.36 $14.92 $31,030
Coal Mining 40 0.05 $22.86 $47,540

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 10,740 4.74 $22.76 $47,350
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 500 2.36 $14.92 $31,030
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,470 1.50 $16.55 $34,420
Coal Mining 40 0.05 $22.86 $47,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 40 0.05 $22.86 $47,540
Rail Transportation 10,740 4.74 $22.76 $47,350
Nonresidential Building Construction (8) (8) $18.61 $38,720
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,470 1.50 $16.55 $34,420
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 500 2.36 $14.92 $31,030


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)
Illinois 1,140 0.21 1.70 $21.71 $45,150
Minnesota 620 0.24 1.99 $16.00 $33,280
Ohio 550 0.11 0.92 $18.94 $39,400
Oklahoma 500 0.34 2.74 (8) (8)
Pennsylvania 490 0.09 0.73 $20.68 $43,020




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)
Wyoming 190 0.69 5.67 $20.66 $42,970
Nebraska 310 0.34 2.82 $20.55 $42,740
Oklahoma 500 0.34 2.74 (8) (8)
North Dakota 110 0.30 2.45 $21.63 $44,990
Minnesota 620 0.24 1.99 $16.00 $33,280




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 60 0.08 0.64 $26.35 $54,810
Utah 100 0.09 0.72 $23.75 $49,400
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $23.54 $48,960
Delaware 70 0.17 1.35 $22.99 $47,820
Iowa 180 0.13 1.05 $22.58 $46,960

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)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 190 0.05 0.43 (8) (8)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 120 0.05 0.39 $17.17 $35,720
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 60 0.08 0.68 $16.03 $33,340
Jacksonville, FL 50 0.08 0.69 $22.40 $46,590
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 40 0.09 0.74 $13.51 $28,100
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.24 $21.90 $45,540




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)
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 40 0.09 0.74 $13.51 $28,100
Jacksonville, FL 50 0.08 0.69 $22.40 $46,590
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 60 0.08 0.68 $16.03 $33,340
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 190 0.05 0.43 (8) (8)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 120 0.05 0.39 $17.17 $35,720
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.24 $21.90 $45,540




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)
Pittsburgh, PA (8) (8) (8) $25.33 $52,680
Jacksonville, FL 50 0.08 0.69 $22.40 $46,590
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.24 $21.90 $45,540
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 120 0.05 0.39 $17.17 $35,720
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $17.00 $35,370
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 60 0.08 0.68 $16.03 $33,340
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 40 0.09 0.74 $13.51 $28,100


About May 2010 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 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 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 17, 2011

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