Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

53-4031 Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

Coordinate activities of switch-engine crew within railroad yard, industrial plant, or similar location. Conductors coordinate activities of train crew on passenger or freight trains. Yardmasters review train schedules and switching orders and coordinate activities of workers engaged in railroad traffic operations, such as the makeup or breakup of trains and yard switching.


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)
42,330 6.0 % $27.29 $56,760 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.49 $21.94 $26.89 $32.03 $37.47
Annual Wage (2) $38,450 $45,630 $55,930 $66,630 $77,940


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 38,440 17.87 $27.31 $56,810
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,280 0.06 $28.11 $58,470
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 320 0.95 $19.43 $40,420
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 90 0.64 $13.21 $27,470
State Government (OES Designation) 40 0.00 $33.94 $70,590

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 38,440 17.87 $27.31 $56,810
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 320 0.95 $19.43 $40,420
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 90 0.64 $13.21 $27,470
Urban Transit Systems 40 0.09 $27.50 $57,190
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,280 0.06 $28.11 $58,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $33.94 $70,590
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,280 0.06 $28.11 $58,470
Urban Transit Systems 40 0.09 $27.50 $57,190
Rail Transportation 38,440 17.87 $27.31 $56,810
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 320 0.95 $19.43 $40,420


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)
New York 6,180 0.69 2.24 $29.56 $61,490
Texas 4,430 0.38 1.25 $26.21 $54,520
Illinois 2,380 0.41 1.33 $28.11 $58,460
Pennsylvania 2,350 0.41 1.34 $25.52 $53,090
California 1,550 0.10 0.33 $26.33 $54,760




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)
Nebraska 940 0.99 3.23 $26.60 $55,330
New York 6,180 0.69 2.24 $29.56 $61,490
Kentucky 1,080 0.59 1.91 $29.64 $61,650
Alabama 930 0.50 1.62 $26.05 $54,180
Arkansas 570 0.49 1.59 $26.42 $54,940




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 320 0.40 1.31 $33.80 $70,310
Mississippi 470 0.42 1.38 $30.74 $63,940
Kentucky 1,080 0.59 1.91 $29.64 $61,650
New York 6,180 0.69 2.24 $29.56 $61,490
Minnesota 480 0.17 0.57 $29.53 $61,410





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 3,250 0.50 1.64 $28.16 $58,580




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,250 0.50 1.64 $28.16 $58,580




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 3,250 0.50 1.64 $28.16 $58,580
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $27.29 $56,770
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.99 $56,130
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $20.95 $43,580


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