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Rail Transportation Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of rail transportation workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of rail transportation workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of rail transportation workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The rail transportation workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Rail Transportation Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
10th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for rail transportation workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) rail transportation workers is $76,380. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,380. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,440. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 98% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Average Salary of Rail Transportation Workers vs. Related Jobs

Table 3. Rail Transportation Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of rail transportation workers in 6 major industry sectors are shown in Table 3. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for rail transportation workers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $60,710. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $45,550).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
Wholesale Trade
Transportation and Warehousing
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)

Table 4. Salaries of Rail Transportation Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of rail transportation worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 4. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Subway and Streetcar Operators
Other Rail Transportation Workers
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
Locomotive Engineers
Locomotive Engineers and Operators
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators
Locomotive Firers
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers


Highest paying industries for rail transportation workers.