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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,310
25th Percentile Wage
$44,800
50th Percentile Wage
$57,260
75th Percentile Wage
$73,110
90th Percentile Wage
$83,900

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 $83,900. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $57,260. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,310. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 144% 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 railroad brake, signal, and switch operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$57,260
1.21% 10.34%
2016
$56,570
4.51% -
2015
$54,020
3.07% -
2014
$52,360
2.90% -
2013
$50,840
-0.98% -
2012
$51,340
- -

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

The average salaries of railroad brake, signal, and switch operators 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 railroad brake, signal, and switch operators occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $77,790. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $44,530).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$77,790
Transportation and Warehousing
$57,160
Manufacturing
$49,970
Wholesale Trade
$44,530

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 $34,430 to $74,130. The highest paying state for railroad brake, signal, and switch operators is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $74,130. The lowest paying state is Florida with a median annual salary of $34,430. 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
Massachusetts
$74,130
California
$71,900
Minnesota
$71,530
South Carolina
$71,110
Idaho
$70,160
New York
$69,050
Iowa
$68,970
Georgia
$64,830
Michigan
$63,450
Wisconsin
$63,420
New Jersey
$63,180
Oregon
$60,560
Kansas
$59,710
Missouri
$59,450
Washington
$59,090
Maryland
$58,990
Illinois
$58,320
New Mexico
$56,810
Mississippi
$55,820
Arizona
$54,750
Pennsylvania
$54,670
Texas
$52,890
Nebraska
$52,520
Wyoming
$51,460
Oklahoma
$51,450
Tennessee
$51,280
Montana
$51,020
Colorado
$50,500
Louisiana
$50,450
Ohio
$49,820
Kentucky
$49,020
Utah
$48,570
Indiana
$48,510
West Virginia
$48,450
North Carolina
$47,420
Virginia
$45,760
South Dakota
$42,980
Arkansas
$38,790
Alabama
$35,350
Florida
$34,430



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