Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
4,460 13.5 % $22.88 $47,600 4.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.88 $17.59 $22.01 $27.10 $34.52
Annual Wage (2) $24,720 $36,590 $45,780 $56,370 $71,800


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 2,100 0.97 $27.40 $57,000
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,970 5.92 $17.48 $36,360
Support Activities for Water Transportation 90 0.09 $27.50 $57,200
Coal Mining 70 0.11 $25.96 $54,000
General Freight Trucking 30 0.00 $23.30 $48,460

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 1,970 5.92 $17.48 $36,360
Rail Transportation 2,100 0.97 $27.40 $57,000
Coal Mining 70 0.11 $25.96 $54,000
Support Activities for Water Transportation 90 0.09 $27.50 $57,200
General Freight Trucking 30 0.00 $23.30 $48,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 90 0.09 $27.50 $57,200
Rail Transportation 2,100 0.97 $27.40 $57,000
Coal Mining 70 0.11 $25.96 $54,000
General Freight Trucking 30 (7) $23.30 $48,460
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,970 5.92 $17.48 $36,360


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 690 0.06 1.83 $19.73 $41,040
California 620 0.04 1.24 $18.82 $39,140
Illinois 350 0.06 1.86 $20.56 $42,760
Ohio 210 0.04 1.21 $25.59 $53,230
Pennsylvania 200 0.04 1.08 $23.35 $48,560




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)
Texas 690 0.06 1.83 $19.73 $41,040
Illinois 350 0.06 1.86 $20.56 $42,760
Alabama 120 0.06 1.96 $23.67 $49,240
Colorado 110 0.05 1.41 $17.89 $37,210
Pennsylvania 200 0.04 1.08 $23.35 $48,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 50 0.03 0.82 $27.33 $56,840
New York 40 0.00 0.14 $26.32 $54,740
Florida 140 0.02 0.54 $26.01 $54,090
Ohio 210 0.04 1.21 $25.59 $53,230
South Carolina (8) (8) (8) $23.72 $49,340





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 270 0.09 2.87 $20.30 $42,230
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 50 0.07 2.14 $21.84 $45,440
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.05 1.41 $26.83 $55,800
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 30 0.06 1.95 $24.84 $51,670




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 270 0.09 2.87 $20.30 $42,230
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 50 0.07 2.14 $21.84 $45,440
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 30 0.06 1.95 $24.84 $51,670
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.05 1.41 $26.83 $55,800




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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.05 1.41 $26.83 $55,800
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 30 0.06 1.95 $24.84 $51,670
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 50 0.07 2.14 $21.84 $45,440
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 270 0.09 2.87 $20.30 $42,230


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.

(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 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