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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Rail Yard Engineer, Dinkey Operator, and Hostlers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,320
25th Percentile Wage
$38,020
50th Percentile Wage
$50,150
75th Percentile Wage
$61,150
90th Percentile Wage
$85,870

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 $85,870. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,150. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,320. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 226% 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 yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$50,150
-0.64% 17.79%
2016
$50,470
9.29% -
2015
$45,780
4.15% -
2014
$43,880
3.65% -
2013
$42,280
2.48% -
2012
$41,230
- -

Table 2. 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 2. 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 $58,280. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $49,810).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$58,280
Manufacturing
$52,010
Federal, State, and Local Government
$51,450
Transportation and Warehousing
$49,810

Table 3. 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 $23,820 to $78,430. The highest paying state for rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $78,430. The lowest paying state is Georgia with a median annual salary of $23,820. 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
Massachusetts
$78,430
New York
$63,150
Indiana
$58,960
Iowa
$56,160
Alabama
$55,600
Nebraska
$54,960
Minnesota
$54,650
Florida
$54,560
Ohio
$54,390
Tennessee
$53,910
Illinois
$53,520
West Virginia
$49,780
Oregon
$49,510
California
$48,600
South Carolina
$48,330
Pennsylvania
$47,880
Kentucky
$46,220
Oklahoma
$46,130
New Jersey
$45,770
North Carolina
$45,150
Missouri
$43,590
Utah
$42,080
Texas
$40,320
Michigan
$37,990
Colorado
$31,320
Arkansas
$30,340
Georgia
$23,820



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