2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
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.
Table of contents
- Average salary
- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
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.
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.
|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
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|
|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|