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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,780
25th Percentile Wage
$37,380
50th Percentile Wage
$50,470
75th Percentile Wage
$61,910
90th Percentile Wage
$87,770

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 $87,770. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,470. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,780. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 240% 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 yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201650,4709.29%18.31%
201545,7804.15%-
201443,8803.65%-
201342,2802.48%-
201241,230--

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 3 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 $56,060. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $49,640).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$56,060
Manufacturing
$50,010
Transportation and Warehousing
$49,640

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 $28,040 to $56,580. The highest paying state for rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers is Minnesota with a median annual salary of $56,580. The lowest paying state is Georgia with a median annual salary of $28,040. 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
Minnesota
$56,580
Florida
$55,340
Oklahoma
$54,700
Indiana
$53,880
Alabama
$53,540
Tennessee
$53,070
Illinois
$51,630
West Virginia
$49,600
Oregon
$49,510
South Carolina
$48,330
Pennsylvania
$48,040
Michigan
$47,030
New Jersey
$45,770
Kentucky
$45,630
North Carolina
$45,150
Iowa
$43,410
Missouri
$41,260
Colorado
$39,320
Texas
$37,710
Nebraska
$36,720
Arkansas
$30,270
Georgia
$28,040


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