Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

53-4031 Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

Coordinate activities of switch-engine crew within railroad yard, industrial plant, or similar location. Conductors coordinate activities of train crew on passenger or freight trains. Yardmasters review train schedules and switching orders and coordinate activities of workers engaged in railroad traffic operations, such as the makeup or breakup of trains and yard switching.


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)
42,700 4.3 % $25.18 $52,370 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.11 $19.30 $23.93 $30.49 $36.67
Annual Wage (2) $33,510 $40,150 $49,770 $63,420 $76,270


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 38,270 16.87 $25.10 $52,200
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 230 1.11 $19.13 $39,790
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 90 0.83 $14.93 $31,060

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 38,270 16.87 $25.10 $52,200
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 230 1.11 $19.13 $39,790
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 90 0.83 $14.93 $31,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 38,270 16.87 $25.10 $52,200
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 230 1.11 $19.13 $39,790
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 90 0.83 $14.93 $31,060


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)
New York 5,220 0.63 1.86 (8) (8)
Illinois 3,290 0.60 1.77 $24.61 $51,190
Pennsylvania 2,410 0.44 1.31 $23.39 $48,650
California 2,210 0.16 0.47 $22.98 $47,800
Ohio 1,370 0.28 0.83 $21.92 $45,590




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)
West Virginia 550 0.80 2.37 $26.91 $55,980
Kansas 990 0.76 2.27 $22.29 $46,370
Iowa 900 0.63 1.87 (8) (8)
New York 5,220 0.63 1.86 (8) (8)
Illinois 3,290 0.60 1.77 $24.61 $51,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 880 0.34 1.00 $33.42 $69,520
Mississippi 560 0.52 1.56 $33.38 $69,440
Arizona 740 0.31 0.93 $32.06 $66,680
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $30.04 $62,480
Florida 870 0.12 0.36 $28.74 $59,770

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 890 0.25 0.75 (8) (8)




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)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 890 0.25 0.75 (8) (8)


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:

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May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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