Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
14,470 4.6 % $24.68 $51,340 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.95 $19.68 $25.40 $28.93 $33.54
Annual Wage (2) $31,100 $40,940 $52,830 $60,170 $69,770


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 7,830 3.64 $25.13 $52,260
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,740 0.05 $28.80 $59,910
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,550 2.33 $19.08 $39,680
State Government (OES Designation) 570 0.03 $26.84 $55,830
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 330 0.98 $19.03 $39,590

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 7,830 3.64 $25.13 $52,260
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,550 2.33 $19.08 $39,680
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 330 0.98 $19.03 $39,590
Coal Mining 80 0.11 $24.99 $51,970
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,740 0.05 $28.80 $59,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,740 0.05 $28.80 $59,910
State Government (OES Designation) 570 0.03 $26.84 $55,830
Rail Transportation 7,830 3.64 $25.13 $52,260
Coal Mining 80 0.11 $24.99 $51,970
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,550 2.33 $19.08 $39,680


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 2,540 0.28 2.69 $28.18 $58,610
Texas 1,810 0.16 1.49 $22.33 $46,440
Illinois 670 0.11 1.08 $27.93 $58,100
Maryland 630 0.24 2.31 $26.10 $54,290
Pennsylvania 490 0.09 0.82 $24.61 $51,190




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 0.52 4.95 $23.94 $49,790
West Virginia 280 0.40 3.78 $21.05 $43,790
New York 2,540 0.28 2.69 $28.18 $58,610
Maryland 630 0.24 2.31 $26.10 $54,290
Louisiana 440 0.23 2.16 $24.97 $51,940




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 240 0.02 0.15 $32.76 $68,130
Minnesota 360 0.13 1.24 $30.73 $63,930
Delaware 40 0.10 0.98 $28.38 $59,030
New York 2,540 0.28 2.69 $28.18 $58,610
Illinois 670 0.11 1.08 $27.93 $58,100





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,130 0.33 3.13 $28.99 $60,290
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 370 0.16 1.52 $15.95 $33,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 310 0.13 1.21 $28.91 $60,140
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 280 0.10 0.91 $20.87 $43,400
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 260 0.15 1.41 (8) (8)
Baton Rouge, LA 260 0.65 6.21 $26.21 $54,510
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 130 0.21 1.98 $13.94 $28,990
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 90 0.04 0.36 $17.95 $37,330
Pittsburgh, PA 80 0.07 0.68 $16.68 $34,700
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 80 0.57 5.47 $16.15 $33,600




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)
Baton Rouge, LA 260 0.65 6.21 $26.21 $54,510
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 80 0.57 5.47 $16.15 $33,600
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,130 0.33 3.13 $28.99 $60,290
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 130 0.21 1.98 $13.94 $28,990
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 370 0.16 1.52 $15.95 $33,180
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 260 0.15 1.41 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 310 0.13 1.21 $28.91 $60,140
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 280 0.10 0.91 $20.87 $43,400
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 50 0.09 0.89 $24.98 $51,950
Pittsburgh, PA 80 0.07 0.68 $16.68 $34,700




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,130 0.33 3.13 $28.99 $60,290
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 310 0.13 1.21 $28.91 $60,140
Baton Rouge, LA 260 0.65 6.21 $26.21 $54,510
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 50 0.09 0.89 $24.98 $51,950
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.79 $47,400
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.25 $21.83 $45,400
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $21.36 $44,430
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 280 0.10 0.91 $20.87 $43,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 90 0.04 0.36 $17.95 $37,330
Pittsburgh, PA 80 0.07 0.68 $16.68 $34,700

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)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 2.07 $26.66 $55,460

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)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 2.07 $26.66 $55,460

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)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 2.07 $26.66 $55,460


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016