Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
5,170 9.8 % $20.89 $43,450 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.71 $16.21 $19.82 $25.45 $29.70
Annual Wage (2) $28,510 $33,720 $41,230 $52,930 $61,780


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 2,970 1.32 $21.94 $45,630
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,380 5.42 $17.51 $36,420
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 290 0.31 $22.50 $46,800
Coal Mining 160 0.18 $23.20 $48,260
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 30 0.00 $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)
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,380 5.42 $17.51 $36,420
Rail Transportation 2,970 1.32 $21.94 $45,630
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 290 0.31 $22.50 $46,800
Coal Mining 160 0.18 $23.20 $48,260
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 30 0.00 $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 160 0.18 $23.20 $48,260
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 30 (7) $22.86 $47,540
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 290 0.31 $22.50 $46,800
Rail Transportation 2,970 1.32 $21.94 $45,630
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,380 5.42 $17.51 $36,420


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 680 0.06 1.61 $17.63 $36,660
Pennsylvania 410 0.07 1.86 $20.66 $42,970
Florida 400 0.06 1.40 $19.48 $40,510
New Jersey 320 0.08 2.11 $21.48 $44,680
North Carolina 270 0.07 1.76 $24.78 $51,540




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 0.12 3.14 $22.46 $46,710
South Carolina 150 0.09 2.14 $27.52 $57,240
New Jersey 320 0.08 2.11 $21.48 $44,680
Pennsylvania 410 0.07 1.86 $20.66 $42,970
North Carolina 270 0.07 1.76 $24.78 $51,540




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 2.14 $27.52 $57,240
Iowa (8) (8) (8) $26.21 $54,520
Oklahoma (8) (8) (8) $25.12 $52,260
North Carolina 270 0.07 1.76 $24.78 $51,540
Colorado 40 0.02 0.45 $24.52 $51,000





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 400 0.15 3.83 $18.92 $39,360
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 170 0.24 6.10 $18.14 $37,730
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 70 0.07 1.88 $22.67 $47,160
Pittsburgh, PA 60 0.05 1.24 $20.34 $42,310
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 30 0.07 1.72 $25.08 $52,160




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 170 0.24 6.10 $18.14 $37,730
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 400 0.15 3.83 $18.92 $39,360
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 70 0.07 1.88 $22.67 $47,160
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 30 0.07 1.72 $25.08 $52,160
Pittsburgh, PA 60 0.05 1.24 $20.34 $42,310




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 30 0.07 1.72 $25.08 $52,160
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 70 0.07 1.88 $22.67 $47,160
Pittsburgh, PA 60 0.05 1.24 $20.34 $42,310
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 400 0.15 3.83 $18.92 $39,360
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 170 0.24 6.10 $18.14 $37,730

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 80 0.45 11.45 $23.53 $48,940

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 80 0.45 11.45 $23.53 $48,940

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 80 0.45 11.45 $23.53 $48,940


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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