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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Rail Transportation Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th 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 $91,020. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $60,390. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,550. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 119% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of rail transportation workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
4.39% 12.39%
3.19% -
2.72% -
1.08% -
1.64% -
- -

Table 2. Rail Transportation Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of rail transportation workers in 8 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 $63,760. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $27,970).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
Transportation and Warehousing
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Wholesale Trade
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

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


💰 Highest paying industries for rail transportation workers.