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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
$76,380
75th Percentile Wage
$64,000
50th Percentile Wage
$54,380
25th Percentile Wage
$44,650
10th Percentile Wage
$38,440

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
$60,710
Wholesale Trade
$54,070
Transportation and Warehousing
$53,430
Mining
$53,430
Manufacturing
$50,300
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$45,550

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
$62,130
Other Rail Transportation Workers
$59,480
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
$54,770
Locomotive Engineers
$54,500
Locomotive Engineers and Operators
$53,400
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators
$52,360
Locomotive Firers
$46,740
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
$43,880

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Highest paying industries for rail transportation workers.