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Life As a Rail Transportation Worker

Position Description All rail transportation workers not listed separately.

  • Oiler Helper
  • Tower Operator
  • Railroad Hand
  • Rail Walker
  • Target Worker

Is There Job Demand for Rail Transportation Workers?

There were about 4,600 jobs for Rail Transportation Worker in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 4.3% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 200 new jobs for Rail Transportation Worker by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 400 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Rail Transport Worker are Louisiana, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Watch out if you plan on working in Washington, New Mexico, or Minnesota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Rail Transport Worker

Rail Transportation Workers make between $32,020 and $96,310 a year.


Rail Transportation Workers who work in New Jersey, California, or Illinois, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Rail Transportation Workers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
California $70,000
Florida $49,820
Illinois $63,850
Louisiana $37,550
Maryland $56,190
Minnesota $43,360
New Jersey $72,440

Where do Rail Transportation Workers Work?


The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.



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