Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
59%
risk level
POLLING
39%
Based on 21 votes
LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
4.4%
by year 2032
WAGES
$63,230
or $30.40 per hour
Volume
18,600
as of 2022
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
4.5/10

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Automation risk

59% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

39% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a higher chance of automation: 59% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

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Growth

Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators' job openings is expected to rise 4.4% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.

Wages

Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators' was $63,230, or $30 per hour

'Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators' were paid 36.5% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 18,600 people employed as 'Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 7 thousand people are employed as 'Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators'.

Job description

Lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines. Includes ballast cleaning machine operators and railroad bed tamping machine operators.

SOC Code: 47-4061.00

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