How Much Do Track Equipment Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Track Equipment Operators

Track Equipment Operators 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.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$57430 per year
Hourly wage
$28 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$36,110 to $44,560 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$17 to $21 per hour

Entry-level Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $36,110 to $44,560 per year or $17 to $21 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $39 $81,670
Senior (Top 25%) $33 $68,440
Middle (Mid 50%) $27 $56,370
Junior (Bottom 25%) $21 $44,560
No experience (Bottom 10%) $17 $36,110

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
SC $34 $69,890
NY $33 $68,550
OR $31 $64,160
VA $31 $63,620
MD $30 $62,980
MO $30 $62,060
IN $28 $57,980
CA $28 $57,450
MI $27 $57,140
IL $27 $56,530

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like SC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at SC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Track Equipment Operators are in the states of SC, NY, OR, VA and MD.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
State Government $82600 $39.71
Local Government $71270 $34.27
Rail Transportation $52900 $25.44
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance $50930 $24.49
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction $48190 $23.17
Support Activities for Rail Transportation $45810 $22.03

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