2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
Rail Yard Engineers drive switching or other locomotive or dinkey engines within railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location.
Table of contents
- Average salary
- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
Entry-level Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators and Hostlers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $35,980 to $42,340 per year or $17 to $20 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 Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators and Hostlers 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||$81,010|
|Senior (Top 25%)||$31||$64,970|
|Middle (Mid 50%)||$25||$51,720|
|Junior (Bottom 25%)||$20||$42,340|
|No experience (Bottom 10%)||$17||$35,980|
Highest paying states
Another simple way to increase your salary as a Rail Yard Engineer, Dinkey Operator and Hostler is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like OK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at OK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.
According to BLS, the highest paid Rail Yard Engineers are in the states of OK, IL, MN, PA and WI.
Highest paying industries
|Salary by industry||Annual||Hourly|
|Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying||$60910||$29.28|
|Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing||$55490||$26.68|
|Federal Executive Branch||$54800||$26.35|
|Other Support Activities for Transportation||$51770||$24.89|
|Support Activities for Rail Transportation||$49680||$23.88|