Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

53-6051 Transportation Inspectors

Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people. Includes rail transportation inspectors, such as freight inspectors; rail inspectors; and other inspectors of transportation vehicles, not elsewhere classified. Excludes "Transportation Security Screeners" (33-9093).


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)
24,310 2.8 % $31.96 $66,470 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.27 $20.92 $30.62 $41.80 $53.74
Annual Wage (2) $31,760 $43,510 $63,680 $86,930 $111,780


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,440 0.22 $49.23 $102,400
Rail Transportation 4,290 1.91 $30.86 $64,200
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,560 0.06 $30.32 $63,070
State Government (OES Designation) 2,800 0.13 $22.17 $46,110
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 1,590 0.19 $18.67 $38,840

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 570 2.22 $24.43 $50,810
Rail Transportation 4,290 1.91 $30.86 $64,200
Support Activities for Air Transportation 900 0.56 $30.25 $62,910
Support Activities for Water Transportation 380 0.42 $29.37 $61,090
Urban Transit Systems 160 0.39 $38.24 $79,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,440 0.22 $49.23 $102,400
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 60 0.01 $40.37 $83,970
Urban Transit Systems 160 0.39 $38.24 $79,550
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 300 0.02 $36.50 $75,910
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,430 0.34 $33.71 $70,110


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 3,620 0.42 2.27 $32.90 $68,440
Texas 2,650 0.25 1.34 $29.62 $61,610
California 2,050 0.14 0.77 $32.08 $66,720
Georgia 1,270 0.33 1.78 $31.55 $65,620
Illinois 1,220 0.22 1.16 $30.33 $63,090




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)
Montana 300 0.70 3.75 $25.08 $52,160
Wyoming 160 0.58 3.09 $23.43 $48,720
District of Columbia 330 0.50 2.68 $48.29 $100,450
Delaware 200 0.50 2.70 $16.60 $34,520
New York 3,620 0.42 2.27 $32.90 $68,440




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 130 0.42 2.27 $48.78 $101,450
District of Columbia 330 0.50 2.68 $48.29 $100,450
Florida 530 0.07 0.39 $43.54 $90,550
Maine 50 0.08 0.44 $43.38 $90,220
Michigan 270 0.07 0.37 $41.86 $87,070





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 3,000 0.58 3.12 $32.68 $67,980
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,120 0.50 2.66 $31.77 $66,090
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 700 0.19 1.03 $30.00 $62,400
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 620 0.36 1.91 $32.11 $66,790
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 570 0.22 1.16 $32.86 $68,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.14 0.77 $35.75 $74,370
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 540 0.26 1.37 $31.31 $65,130
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 440 0.31 1.66 $27.29 $56,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 430 0.18 0.97 $46.21 $96,130
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 280 0.32 1.73 $49.09 $102,100




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)
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 240 0.93 4.96 $16.02 $33,310
Cheyenne, WY 30 0.78 4.21 $19.78 $41,150
Laredo, TX 60 0.62 3.30 $19.26 $40,070
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,000 0.58 3.12 $32.68 $67,980
Anchorage, AK 100 0.56 3.01 $49.01 $101,930
Billings, MT 40 0.55 2.94 $24.38 $50,710
Savannah, GA 80 0.54 2.91 $29.66 $61,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,120 0.50 2.66 $31.77 $66,090
Spokane, WA 90 0.44 2.38 (8) (8)
Springfield, MA-CT 120 0.41 2.22 $32.30 $67,180




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)
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 280 0.32 1.73 $49.09 $102,100
Anchorage, AK 100 0.56 3.01 $49.01 $101,930
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.24 1.29 $47.40 $98,590
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 430 0.18 0.97 $46.21 $96,130
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 190 0.28 1.49 $46.11 $95,910
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (8) (8) (8) $45.94 $95,550
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 120 0.12 0.62 $43.99 $91,500
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 40 0.06 0.30 $43.74 $90,980
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 110 0.06 0.34 $42.42 $88,240
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 120 0.10 0.54 $42.18 $87,730

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 240 2.83 15.14 $32.81 $68,250
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 0.51 2.75 $28.52 $59,310
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 2.30 $32.37 $67,340
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 1.70 $18.89 $39,290
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 2.34 $20.19 $42,000

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 240 2.83 15.14 $32.81 $68,250
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 3.08 $23.46 $48,790
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 30 0.54 2.88 $25.79 $53,630
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 0.51 2.75 $28.52 $59,310
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 2.34 $20.19 $42,000

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 240 2.83 15.14 $32.81 $68,250
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 2.30 $32.37 $67,340
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 0.51 2.75 $28.52 $59,310
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 30 0.54 2.88 $25.79 $53,630
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 3.08 $23.46 $48,790


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.

(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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