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Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of railroad brake, signal, and switch operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of railroad brake, signal, and switch operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The railroad brake, signal, and switch operators 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. Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,150
25th Percentile Wage
$45,050
50th Percentile Wage
$56,570
75th Percentile Wage
$65,440
90th Percentile Wage
$76,110

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for railroad brake, signal, and switch operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) railroad brake, signal, and switch operators is $76,110. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $56,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,150. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 116% 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 railroad brake, signal, and switch operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201656,5704.51%9.25%
201554,0203.07%-
201452,3602.90%-
201350,840-0.98%-
201251,340--

Table 2. Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of railroad brake, signal, and switch operators 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 railroad brake, signal, and switch operators occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $74,050. The lowest paying sector is the manufacturing sector (annual salary $47,100).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$74,050
Transportation and Warehousing
$56,510
Manufacturing
$47,100

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators by States

From the above tables we note that not only railroad brake, signal, and switch operators 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 railroad brake, signal, and switch operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $35,790 to $74,040. The highest paying state for railroad brake, signal, and switch operators is New York with a median annual salary of $74,040. The lowest paying state is Alabama with a median annual salary of $35,790. For more salary information of railroad brake, signal, and switch operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New York
$74,040
Massachusetts
$69,610
New Jersey
$66,900
Minnesota
$66,080
Maryland
$65,420
Georgia
$64,830
Wisconsin
$60,470
Oregon
$58,840
Iowa
$58,760
Missouri
$58,260
California
$58,210
Arkansas
$58,010
Louisiana
$57,630
Illinois
$57,330
Nebraska
$56,100
Kansas
$56,080
Washington
$55,830
Mississippi
$55,820
North Carolina
$55,400
Texas
$55,120
Arizona
$54,750
Virginia
$54,190
Ohio
$52,100
Pennsylvania
$51,880
Montana
$51,650
Tennessee
$51,280
Colorado
$50,500
South Carolina
$49,840
Florida
$47,550
Utah
$47,320
South Dakota
$42,980
Alabama
$35,790


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