Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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
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)
5,060 10.2 % $20.93 $43,540 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.28 $15.96 $19.71 $25.75 $31.33
Annual Wage (2) $27,630 $33,200 $40,990 $53,560 $65,170


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 3,010 1.32 $22.30 $46,390
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,210 5.20 $16.65 $34,620
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 290 0.33 $22.10 $45,960
Other Support Activities for Transportation 130 0.47 $15.64 $32,520
Coal Mining 120 0.14 $23.18 $48,210

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,210 5.20 $16.65 $34,620
Rail Transportation 3,010 1.32 $22.30 $46,390
Other Support Activities for Transportation 130 0.47 $15.64 $32,520
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 290 0.33 $22.10 $45,960
Coal Mining 120 0.14 $23.18 $48,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 120 0.14 $23.18 $48,210
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 (7) $22.84 $47,510
Rail Transportation 3,010 1.32 $22.30 $46,390
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 290 0.33 $22.10 $45,960
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,210 5.20 $16.65 $34,620


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)
Texas 510 0.05 1.24 $17.68 $36,770
Georgia 360 0.10 2.45 $17.53 $36,450
Pennsylvania 290 0.05 1.35 $20.81 $43,280
North Carolina 270 0.07 1.80 $24.36 $50,660
Florida 260 0.04 0.91 $20.19 $41,990




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)
Alabama 230 0.13 3.23 $22.18 $46,130
Georgia 360 0.10 2.45 $17.53 $36,450
South Carolina 150 0.09 2.21 $27.04 $56,240
North Carolina 270 0.07 1.80 $24.36 $50,660
Indiana 170 0.06 1.53 $23.88 $49,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Carolina 150 0.09 2.21 $27.04 $56,240
Iowa (8) (8) (8) $26.51 $55,130
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $24.45 $50,860
Illinois 80 0.01 0.36 $24.43 $50,810
North Carolina 270 0.07 1.80 $24.36 $50,660





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 270 0.10 2.64 $19.18 $39,890
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 100 0.15 3.81 $17.53 $36,470
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 100 0.05 1.15 $12.78 $26,590
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 100 0.05 1.21 $15.33 $31,880
Pittsburgh, PA 70 0.06 1.54 $21.51 $44,740
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 60 0.06 1.59 $23.57 $49,020
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 50 0.10 2.45 $23.78 $49,470




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)
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 100 0.15 3.81 $17.53 $36,470
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 270 0.10 2.64 $19.18 $39,890
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 50 0.10 2.45 $23.78 $49,470
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 60 0.06 1.59 $23.57 $49,020
Pittsburgh, PA 70 0.06 1.54 $21.51 $44,740
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 100 0.05 1.21 $15.33 $31,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 100 0.05 1.15 $12.78 $26,590




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)
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 50 0.10 2.45 $23.78 $49,470
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 60 0.06 1.59 $23.57 $49,020
Pittsburgh, PA 70 0.06 1.54 $21.51 $44,740
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 270 0.10 2.64 $19.18 $39,890
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 100 0.15 3.81 $17.53 $36,470
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 100 0.05 1.21 $15.33 $31,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 100 0.05 1.15 $12.78 $26,590


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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