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Railroad Occupations, Wages & Salaries

This table presents a list of U.S. railroad industry occupations, including job counts, average hourly wages, and average annual salaries. The Federal Standard Occupational Classification system is used to classify workers, with SOC code listed after each occupation. Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2011).

See also: Railroad Employment History & Trends and Railroad Jobs & Employment Opportunities


 

 
Occupation  Jobs  Hourly Annual
All Railroad Industry Occupations 227,400 $ 26.21 $ 54,520
 
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations (530000) 123,400 $ 25.34 $ 52,710
First-Line Supervisors of Laborers & Material Movers (531021) 180 $ 24.82 $ 51,620
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation Vehicle Operators (531031) 3160 $ 31.10 $ 64,680
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers (533032) 550 $ 20.89 $ 43,440
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers (533033) 1200 $ 19.52 $ 40,600
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs (533041) 180 $ 11.09 $ 23,080
Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other (533099) 190 $ 21.20 $ 44,100
Locomotive Engineers (534011) 37,540 $ 25.49 $ 53,020
Locomotive Firers (534012) 1640 $ 23.49 $ 48,850
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators & Hostlers (534013) 3010 $ 22.30 $ 46,390
Railroad Brake, Signal & Switch Operators (534021) 22,100 $ 23.86 $ 49,630
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters (534031) 39,840 $ 27.20 $ 56,570
Rail Transportation Workers, All Other (534099) 1490 $ 23.60 $ 49,090
Bridge and Lock Tenders (536011) 420 $ 23.15 $ 48,150
Transportation Inspectors (536051) 4300 $ 30.03 $ 62,460
Transportation Attendants (536061) 1060 $ 18.62 $ 38,740
Transportation Workers, All Other (536099) 310 $ 20.06 $ 41,730
Crane and Tower Operators (537021) 170 $ 23.07 $ 47,990
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators (537032) 40 $ 26.90 $ 55,940
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators (537051) 210 $ 22.82 $ 47,470
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment (537061) 1990 $ 16.05 $ 33,380
Laborers and Freight, Stock & Material Movers(537062) 3020 $ 16.43 $ 34,170
Material Moving Workers, All Other (537199) 460 $ 25.17 $ 52,360
 
Installation, Maintenance & Repair Occupations (490000) 33,570 $ 24.95 $ 51,890
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics & Repairers (491011) 3350 $ 31.59 $ 65,710
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers (492022) 50 $ 28.23 $ 58,710
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers (492093) 5260 $ 26.22 $ 54,530
Diesel Engine Specialists & Truck Mechanics (493031) 3340 $ 21.02 $ 43,710
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics (493042) 310 $ 24.75 $ 51,470
Rail Car Repairers (493043) 12,140 $ 23.82 $ 49,550
Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanics (499021) 60 $ 29.33 $ 61,000
Industrial Machinery Mechanics (499041) 50 $ 27.79 $ 57,810
Maintenance Workers, Machinery (499043) 60 $ 17.58 $ 36,560
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General (499071) 1560 $ 22.04 $ 45,840
Signal and Track Switch Repairers (499097) 6550 $ 25.57 $ 53,190
Helpers - Installation, Maintenance & Repair Workers (499098) 70 $ 17.82 $ 37,060
Installation, Maintenance & Repair Workers, All Other (499799) 620 $ 21.92 $ 45,600
 
Construction and Extraction Occupations (470000) 20,560 $ 23.51 $ 48,900
First-Line Supervisors of Construction/Extraction Workers (471011) 1940 $ 30.93 $ 64,330
Carpenters (472031) 660 $ 23.70 $ 49,290
Construction Laborers (472061) 430 $ 15.69 $ 32,630
Paving, Surfacing & Tamping Equipment Operators (472071) 160 $ 20.77 $ 43,200
Operating Engineers & Other Construction Operators (472073) 900 $ 23.18 $ 48,220
Electricians (472111) 2470 $ 28.88 $ 60,070
Plumbers, Pipefitters & Steamfitters (472152) 180 $ 28.92 $ 60,140
Sheet Metal Workers (472211) 1260 $ 25.75 $ 53,550
Helpers - Carpenters (473012) 60 $ 15.60 $ 32,450
Helpers - Electricians (473013) 40 $ 16.76 $ 34,860
Construction and Building Inspectors (474011) 200 $ 26.27 $ 54,650
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators (474061) 10,390 $ 21.67 $ 45,080
Construction and Related Workers, All Other (474799) 1630 $ 18.11 $ 37,670
 
Office and Administrative Support Occupations (430000) 14,120 $ 22.03 $ 45,820
First-Line Supervisors of Administrative Support Workers (431011) 1100 $ 30.29 $ 63,000
Communications Equipment Operators, All Other (432099) 40 $ 23.01 $ 47,850
Bill and Account Collectors (433011) 80 $ 21.48 $ 44,670
Billing and Posting Clerks (433021) 180 $ 18.79 $ 39,090
Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerks (433031) 880 $ 19.79 $ 41,160
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks (433051) 160 $ 21.58 $ 44,880
Procurement Clerks (433061) 120 $ 19.91 $ 41,410
Customer Service Representatives (434051) 1400 $ 21.02 $ 43,720
Receptionists and Information Clerks (434171) 50 $ 15.46 $ 32,160
Reservation & Transportation Ticket Agents (434181) 830 $ 23.06 $ 47,960
Information and Record Clerks, All Other (434199) 40 $ 23.17 $ 48,190
Cargo and Freight Agents (435011) 380 $ 21.61 $ 44,940
Dispatchers (435032) 2710 $ 25.43 $ 52,880
Production, Planning & Expediting Clerks (435061) 280 $ 25.48 $ 53,000
Shipping, Receiving & Traffic Clerks (435071) 80 $ 16.67 $ 34,670
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers (435081) 730 $ 18.36 $ 38,180
Executive Secretaries & Executive Admin Assistants (436011) 610 $ 24.90 $ 51,800
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants (436014) 700 $ 19.78 $ 41,150
Word Processors and Typists (439022) 40 $ 21.40 $ 44,510
Office Clerks, General (439061) 3270 $ 18.28 $ 38,030
Statistical Assistants (439111) 30 $ 23.18 $ 48,210
Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other (439799) 300 $ 21.42 $ 44,560
 
Production Occupations (510000) 12,240 $ 20.95 $ 43,580
First-Line Supervisors of Production & Operating Workers (511011) 120 $ 30.70 $ 63,860
Machinists (514041) 6760 $ 21.34 $ 44,380
Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers (514121) 4370 $ 20.54 $ 42,720
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators (518021) 50 $ 26.43 $ 54,980
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers & Weighers (519061) 120 $ 23.32 $ 48,510
Painters, Transportation Equipment (519122) 120 $ 24.28 $ 50,500
Helpers - Production Workers (519198) 380 $ 16.08 $ 33,450
 
Management Occupations (110000) 10,640 $ 47.84 $ 99,520
Chief Executives (111011) 80 $ 84.79 $ 176,360
General and Operations Managers (111021) 1860 $ 55.32 $ 115,070
Marketing Managers (112021) 230 $ 56.35 $ 117,220
Sales Managers (112022) 150 $ 61.23 $ 127,350
Administrative Services Managers (113011) 670 $ 42.38 $ 88,140
Computer and Information Systems Managers (113021) 310 $ 57.78 $ 120,190
Financial Managers (113031) 340 $ 57.25 $ 119,070
Purchasing Managers (113061) 100 $ 47.40 $ 98,590
Transportation, Storage & Distribution Managers (113071) 3930 $ 42.35 $ 88,080
Compensation and Benefits Managers (113111) 40 $ 55.43 $ 115,300
Human Resources Managers (113121) 170 $ 51.63 $ 107,380
Training and Development Managers (113131) 200 $ 43.52 $ 90,520
Construction Managers (119021) 900 $ 42.75 $ 88,930
Architectural and Engineering Managers (119041) 160 $ 56.45 $ 117,420
Property, Real Estate & Community Association Managers (119141) 80 $ 47.41 $ 98,600
Managers, All Other (119199) 1360 $ 48.83 $ 101,560
 
Business and Financial Operations Occupations (130000) 4540 $ 33.54 $ 69,760
Purchasing Agents (131023) 170 $ 31.82 $ 66,180
Claims Adjusters, Examiners & Investigators (131031) 300 $ 30.43 $ 63,290
Compliance Officers (131041) 140 $ 31.45 $ 65,410
Human Resources, Training & Labor Relations (131078) 600 $ 33.94 $ 70,600
Logisticians (131081) 80 $ 34.23 $ 71,200
Management Analysts (131111) 300 $ 36.88 $ 76,710
Compensation, Benefits & Job Analysis Specialists (131141) 130 $ 31.54 $ 65,590
Training and Development Specialists (131151) 420 $ 29.85 $ 62,080
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists (131161) 480 $ 35.31 $ 73,450
Business Operations Specialists, All Other (131199) 760 $ 34.69 $ 72,150
Accountants and Auditors (132011) 810 $ 33.19 $ 69,030
Budget Analysts (132031) 50 $ 35.97 $ 74,810
Financial Analysts (132051) 130 $ 34.96 $ 72,720
Financial Specialists, All Other (132099) 90 $ 35.31 $ 73,450
 
Computer and Mathematical Occupations (150000) 2140 $ 42.18 $ 87,730
Computer Systems Analysts (151121) 90 $ 39.52 $ 82,200
Software Developers, Applications (151132) 750 $ 44.55 $ 92,660
Software Developers, Systems Software (151133) 300 $ 42.89 $ 89,220
Database Administrators (151141) 80 $ 39.23 $ 81,600
Network and Computer Systems Administrators (151142) 500 $ 41.10 $ 85,480
Computer Support Specialists (151150) 160 $ 30.54 $ 63,520
Information Security Analysts & Web Developers (151179) 170 $ 48.59 $ 101,080
Computer Occupations, All Other (151799) 40 $ 40.79 $ 84,830
Operations Research Analysts (152031) 30 $ 38.51 $ 80,100
       
Architecture and Engineering Occupations (170000) 2030 $ 36.16 $ 75,210
Civil Engineers (172051) 360 $ 38.60 $ 80,290
Electrical Engineers (172071) 100 $ 40.35 $ 83,930
Electronics Engineers (172072) 40 $ 41.18 $ 85,650
Environmental Engineers (172081) 50 $ 42.30 $ 87,990
Health and Safety Engineers (172111) 100 $ 38.61 $ 80,310
Mechanical Engineers (172141) 160 $ 40.62 $ 84,500
Engineers, All Other (172199) 580 $ 37.93 $ 78,890
Mechanical Engineering Technicians (173027) 280    
 
Protective Service Occupations (330000) 1690 $ 27.55 $ 57,310
First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers (331099) 130 $ 29.95 $ 62,300
Transit and Railroad Police (333052) 1300 $ 29.32 $ 60,980
Security Guards (339032) 110 $ 13.57 $ 28,220
Protective Service Workers, All Other (339099) 150 $ 20.16 $ 41,930
 
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations (370000) 580 $ 17.63 $ 36,670
First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping & Janitorial (371011) 30 $ 15.78 $ 32,830
Janitors and Cleaners (372011) 510 $ 18.03 $ 37,510
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers (373011) 40 $ 13.56 $ 28,190
 
Sales and Related Occupations (410000) 470 $ 32.43 $ 67,450
First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers (411012) 50 $ 43.28 $ 90,010
Cashiers (412011) 50 $ 20.26 $ 42,130
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other (413099) 240 $ 31.68 $ 65,890
 
Personal Care and Service Occupations (390000) 350 $ 20.87 $ 43,400
Baggage Porters and Bellhops (396011) 340 $ 20.90 $ 43,470
 
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations (350000) 340 $ 20.44 $ 42,520
Chefs and Head Cooks (351011) 40 $ 24.98 $ 51,960
Bartenders (353011) 50 $ 12.98 $ 27,000
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers (353021) 200 $ 21.91 $ 45,570
 
Legal Occupations (230000) 340 $ 54.23 $ 112,800
Lawyers (231011) 220 $ 67.87 $ 141,170
Paralegals and Legal Assistants (232011) 100 $ 27.08 $ 56,330
 
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations (290000) 210 $ 31.69 $ 65,910
Registered Nurses (291111) 40 $ 32.40 $ 67,380
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists (299011) 130 $ 32.87 $ 68,370
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians (299012) 40 $ 26.94 $ 56,030
 
Arts, Design & Media Occupations (270000) 120 $ 31.63 $ 65,790
Public Relations Specialists (273031) 80 $ 29.84 $ 62,060
 


 


 

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