Information About Railroad Brake, Signal, And Switch Operators

Training Requirements for Railroad Brake, Signal, And Switch Operators

Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators need high school diploma or equivalent.

Degrees for Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators
Training for Railroad Brake, Signal, And Switch Operators
Percent
Less than High School 4.0
High School 41.3
Some College 36.6
Associates Degree 9.5
Bachelors Degree 6.9
Masters Degree 1.7
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.0

Employment outlook for Railroad Brake, Signal, And Switch Operators

Represents about 22,000 people in the United States.

Employment prospects are down Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 0 less railroad brake, signal, and switch operators but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 8,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, railroad brake, signal, and switch operators make $26.60 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators $16.90 $21.66 $27.20 $31.46 $36.59
Transportation and material moving occupations $9.21 $10.91 $14.78 $20.76 $28.50
Rail transportation workers $18.78 $22.74 $27.76 $33.17 $39.02
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, railroad brake, signal, and switch operators make $55,320 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators $35,150 $45,050 $56,570 $65,440 $76,110
Transportation and material moving occupations $19,150 $22,680 $30,730 $43,170 $59,270
Rail transportation workers $39,060 $47,290 $57,740 $69,000 $81,170
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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