Salary for Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers

Also known as:  Coal Tram Driver, Dinkey Driver, Dinkey Operator, Engine Hostler, Haulage Engine Operator, Railcar Switcher, Yard Hostler

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These employees drive switching engines or other similar equipment in a rail yard, quarry, industrial plant or other similar area. This job can be strenuous as dangerous tools are sometimes used. These positions usually require a high school diploma. A commercial driver's license is usually required as well. Once hired, a new employee will need up to one year of formal training before beginning work.

A Rail Yard Engineer, Dinkey Operator, or Hostler gets an average compensation between 24000 - 36000 based on experience. Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers can expect wages of Thirty Seven Thousand Eight Hundred dollars on an annual basis.

Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers can obtain the highest pay in New Jersey, where they can earn average pay levels of approximately $55830. People in this job function are compensated highest in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, where they can get pay of $44050.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone down since 2004. Salaries have decreased by an average of 1.46 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers tend to make the most in the following industries
Manufacturing $44,050
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $41,840
Transportation and Warehousing $37,300
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Transportation and Warehousing $37,300
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $41,840
Manufacturing $44,050
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