How Much Do Rail Yard Engineers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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

Rail Yard Engineers

Rail Yard Engineers drive switching or other locomotive or dinkey engines within railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location.

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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
$55200 per year
Hourly wage
$27 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$35,980 to $42,340 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$17 to $20 per hour

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.

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Salary rank

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.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
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

State Hourly Annual
OK $33 $68,680
IL $31 $65,240
MN $30 $62,730
PA $29 $60,400
WI $28 $59,250
NY $28 $57,920
IN $28 $57,790
TX $27 $55,550
MS $26 $54,510
LA $26 $54,480

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
Rail Transportation $59230 $28.48
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
Local Government $48150 $23.15
Truck Transportation $47960 $23.06

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