Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
23,970 3.0 % $32.83 $68,280 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.63 $21.58 $31.71 $43.13 $54.18
Annual Wage (2) $32,500 $44,890 $65,950 $89,710 $112,690


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) 4,390 0.22 $49.33 $102,610
Rail Transportation 4,090 1.83 $31.64 $65,810
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,550 0.06 $31.02 $64,520
State Government (OES Designation) 3,000 0.14 $22.65 $47,110
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,250 0.30 $36.19 $75,270

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 4,090 1.83 $31.64 $65,810
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 340 1.24 $31.67 $65,880
Support Activities for Air Transportation 900 0.54 $31.88 $66,310
Support Activities for Water Transportation 380 0.42 $28.75 $59,790
Urban Transit Systems 150 0.33 $40.26 $83,750

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) 4,390 0.22 $49.33 $102,610
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 70 0.01 $42.39 $88,180
Urban Transit Systems 150 0.33 $40.26 $83,750
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 360 0.03 $37.66 $78,320
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,250 0.30 $36.19 $75,270


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 2,720 0.25 1.38 $29.68 $61,740
California 1,920 0.13 0.72 $33.75 $70,210
Georgia 1,260 0.33 1.80 $31.86 $66,260
Illinois 1,240 0.22 1.21 $33.69 $70,080
Washington 840 0.30 1.63 $30.82 $64,110




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 280 0.63 3.47 $33.10 $68,860
Delaware 250 0.60 3.33 $18.10 $37,650
Alaska 160 0.49 2.73 $45.71 $95,090
District of Columbia 310 0.47 2.61 $46.85 $97,450
Kansas 440 0.33 1.83 $36.54 $76,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 310 0.47 2.61 $46.85 $97,450
Alaska 160 0.49 2.73 $45.71 $95,090
Maine 50 0.08 0.46 $44.90 $93,380
Florida 580 0.08 0.43 $42.37 $88,130
Michigan 290 0.07 0.39 $41.07 $85,420





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 3,090 0.59 3.27 $33.14 $68,920
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,200 0.52 2.88 $31.82 $66,190
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 670 0.24 1.35 $28.20 $58,660
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 630 0.35 1.95 $31.13 $64,750
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 600 0.16 0.90 $36.12 $75,120
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 600 0.28 1.54 $40.02 $83,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.14 0.77 $38.11 $79,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 470 0.20 1.10 $43.62 $90,740
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 450 0.31 1.72 $37.68 $78,380
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 280 0.31 1.71 $33.79 $70,290




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)
Anchorage, AK 110 0.61 3.37 $46.33 $96,370
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,090 0.59 3.27 $33.14 $68,920
Laredo, TX 50 0.56 3.10 $20.77 $43,190
Spokane, WA 110 0.54 3.00 $29.78 $61,930
Billings, MT 40 0.53 2.92 $24.13 $50,180
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,200 0.52 2.88 $31.82 $66,190
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 170 0.51 2.84 $19.37 $40,290
Springfield, MA-CT 100 0.35 1.96 $32.92 $68,480
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 630 0.35 1.95 $31.13 $64,750
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 210 0.35 1.96 $26.96 $56,070




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 Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $48.23 $100,330
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 110 0.11 0.59 $47.76 $99,330
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (8) (8) (8) $47.53 $98,860
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.24 1.31 $46.65 $97,030
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 190 0.27 1.49 $46.61 $96,940
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 80 0.05 0.25 $46.46 $96,640
Anchorage, AK 110 0.61 3.37 $46.33 $96,370
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 120 0.20 1.12 $45.22 $94,050
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 60 0.08 0.44 $44.01 $91,530
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 160 0.12 0.69 $43.81 $91,130

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 260 3.11 17.19 $32.83 $68,280
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 2.86 $30.99 $64,460
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.14 0.77 $29.15 $60,630
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 2.17 (8) (8)
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.59 $19.55 $40,670

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 260 3.11 17.19 $32.83 $68,280
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 2.86 $30.99 $64,460
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 30 0.51 2.80 $25.53 $53,110
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 2.79 $19.93 $41,450
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 2.25 $20.44 $42,520

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 260 3.11 17.19 $32.83 $68,280
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 2.86 $30.99 $64,460
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.14 0.77 $29.15 $60,630
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 30 0.51 2.80 $25.53 $53,110
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.92 $24.92 $51,840


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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