Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers

3.6/10 job score
AUTOMATION RISK
84%
risk level
POLLING
GROWTH
1.2%
by 2031
WAGES
$63,840
or $30.69 hourly
VOLUME
16,200
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 84% (Robots are watching)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
Manual Dexterity
Finger Dexterity
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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers' job openings is expected to rise 1.2% by 2031
'Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers' is expected to be a slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers' was $63,840, or $30.69 hourly
'Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers' are paid 39.5% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as railroad brake, signal, and switch operators and locomotive firers?

As of 2021 there were 16,200 people employed as Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers within the United States.
This represents around 0.011% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 8 thousand people are employed as Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers.

Job description

Operate or monitor railroad track switches or locomotive instruments. May couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains. Watch for and relay traffic signals. May inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes. May watch for dragging equipment or obstacles on rights-of-way.

SOC Code: 53-4022.00

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