Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
15,590 5.3 % $21.78 $45,300 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.13 $17.69 $21.64 $26.31 $29.91
Annual Wage (2) $29,400 $36,800 $45,000 $54,730 $62,220


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 10,390 4.57 $21.67 $45,080
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,510 1.55 $18.70 $38,890
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 380 1.63 $12.93 $26,900
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 90 0.49 $23.47 $48,820
Coal Mining 60 0.07 $23.27 $48,410

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 10,390 4.57 $21.67 $45,080
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 380 1.63 $12.93 $26,900
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,510 1.55 $18.70 $38,890
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 90 0.49 $23.47 $48,820
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 30 0.30 $12.49 $25,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) (8) (8) $26.15 $54,380
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 30 0.04 $24.50 $50,960
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 90 0.49 $23.47 $48,820
Coal Mining 60 0.07 $23.27 $48,410
Rail Transportation 10,390 4.57 $21.67 $45,080


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 2,580 0.31 2.51 $26.07 $54,230
Texas 1,500 0.15 1.20 $17.49 $36,380
Illinois 1,190 0.21 1.75 $20.66 $42,960
Minnesota 760 0.29 2.41 $15.71 $32,670
Massachusetts 570 0.18 1.47 (8) (8)




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 150 0.57 4.65 $21.65 $45,030
North Dakota 110 0.31 2.54 $20.14 $41,880
New York 2,580 0.31 2.51 $26.07 $54,230
Minnesota 760 0.29 2.41 $15.71 $32,670
Illinois 1,190 0.21 1.75 $20.66 $42,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 2,580 0.31 2.51 $26.07 $54,230
Michigan 170 0.04 0.36 $24.83 $51,640
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $24.75 $51,470
Washington (8) (8) (8) $24.74 $51,460
Utah (8) (8) (8) $24.10 $50,130





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,840 0.36 3.00 $27.57 $57,340
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 340 0.20 1.64 $15.13 $31,470
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 160 0.08 0.64 $19.26 $40,050
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 70 0.03 0.27 $19.29 $40,130
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 60 0.09 0.71 $15.77 $32,800
Pittsburgh, PA 40 0.03 0.28 $22.89 $47,600
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.23 $23.42 $48,710




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,840 0.36 3.00 $27.57 $57,340
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 340 0.20 1.64 $15.13 $31,470
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 60 0.09 0.71 $15.77 $32,800
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 160 0.08 0.64 $19.26 $40,050
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.23 $23.42 $48,710
Pittsburgh, PA 40 0.03 0.28 $22.89 $47,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 70 0.03 0.27 $19.29 $40,130




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,840 0.36 3.00 $27.57 $57,340
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.23 $23.42 $48,710
Pittsburgh, PA 40 0.03 0.28 $22.89 $47,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 70 0.03 0.27 $19.29 $40,130
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 160 0.08 0.64 $19.26 $40,050
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $18.85 $39,210
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) $16.21 $33,710
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 60 0.09 0.71 $15.77 $32,800
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 340 0.20 1.64 $15.13 $31,470

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 1.52 $23.18 $48,220

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 1.52 $23.18 $48,220

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 1.52 $23.18 $48,220


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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