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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Rail Transportation Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,060
25th Percentile Wage
$47,290
50th Percentile Wage
$57,740
75th Percentile Wage
$69,000
90th Percentile Wage
$81,170

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 $81,170. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $57,740. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,060. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 107% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of rail transportation workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201657,7403.19%8.37%
201555,9002.72%-
201454,3801.08%-
201353,7901.64%-
201252,910--

Table 2. Rail Transportation Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of rail transportation workers in 6 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. 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 $63,200. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $23,250).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$63,200
Mining
$57,030
Transportation and Warehousing
$56,940
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$53,840
Manufacturing
$53,230
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$23,250

Table 3. 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 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Subway and Streetcar Operators
$64,680
Other Rail Transportation Workers
$60,420
Locomotive Firers
$58,230
Locomotive Engineers
$57,670
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
$57,480
Locomotive Engineers and Operators
$57,130
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators
$56,570
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
$50,470


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