Salary for Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators

Also known as:  Ballast Cleaning Machine Operator, Rail Maintenance Worker, Railroad Track Mechanic, Track Layer, Track Machine Operator, Track Maintainer, Track Moving Machine Operator, Track Repair Worker, Track Repairer, Track Service Worker

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The main responsibility of these employees is to maintain the railroad equipment and tracks used in regular railroad services and rail yards. The work environment for this job can be stressful, as workers must sometimes utilize dangerous tools and work in adverse weather conditions. These employees are sometimes asked to complete high school or earn their GED before they can be hired, but not always. Most rail-track laying and maintenance equipment operators learn their trade on-site rather than completing a formal education program.

A Track Laying or Rail Maintenance Equipment Operator will normally receive an average compensation ranging between 32000 - 48000 depending on education and experience. Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators can get salaries of Forty Five Thousand One Hundred dollars annually.

Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators are paid the highest in New Mexico, where they receive an average job salary of approximating $54560. Professionals that work in this career are paid at the highest average level in Transportation and Warehousing, where they can earn a compensation of $48320.

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ANNUAL SALARY
HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 20.48 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators tend to make the most in the following industries
Manufacturing $48,320
Transportation and Warehousing $46,580
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $44,270
Construction $35,240
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Construction $35,240
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $44,270
Transportation and Warehousing $46,580
Manufacturing $48,320
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