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What is a Rail Transportation Worker?

Position Description All rail transportation workers not listed separately.

  • Car Barn Laborer
  • Tower Observer
  • Car Retarder Operator
  • Tower Operator
  • Rail Tractor Operator

Job Opportunities 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. The BLS estimates 400 yearly job openings in this field.


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.

Rail Transport Worker Average Salary

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.

How much do Rail Transportation Workers make 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 Rail Transportation Workers Are Employed


Rail Transportation Workers work in the following industries:



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