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Rail Yard Engineer, Dinkey Operator, and Hostlers Salary Information

The salary statistics of rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers 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 Yard Engineer, Dinkey Operator, and Hostlers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$60,050
75th Percentile Wage
$51,470
50th Percentile Wage
$43,880
25th Percentile Wage
$37,400
10th Percentile Wage
$31,710

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers is $60,050. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $43,880. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,710. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 89% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $43,880 3.78%
2013 $42,280 2.55%
2012 $41,230 0.59%
2011 $40,990 15.53%
2010 $35,480 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 23.68%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 2.55%. We also note that the average annual wage had a small growth of 0.59% in 2012 and a sizable growth of 15.53% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers vs. Related Jobs

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

Table 4. Rail Yard Engineer, Dinkey Operator, and Hostlers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers in 4 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $53,600. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $43,600).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$53,600
Federal, State, and Local Government
$49,780
Manufacturing
$45,520
Transportation and Warehousing
$43,600

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers by States

From the above tables we note that not only rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $30,270 to $56,920. The highest paying state for rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers is Ohio with a median annual salary of $56,920. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $30,270. For more salary information of rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Ohio
$56,920
Alabama
$51,830
Colorado
$49,510
Kentucky
$48,080
Oregon
$47,950
New York
$45,790
Tennessee
$45,580
Pennsylvania
$44,370
Michigan
$43,960
California
$43,110
Illinois
$41,870
Texas
$39,430
Florida
$39,130
Iowa
$30,380
Arkansas
$30,270