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 can receive salaries ranging between $35,980 and $81,010 depending on the level of education. can expect an average compensation of fifty-five thousand two hundred dollars each year.

can get the best compensation in Oklahoma, where they can receive normal pay levels of near $68,680. People in this career are compensated at the highest average salary in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, where they earn an average pay rate of $62,770.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 44.57 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$62,770
Transportation and Warehousing
$54,940
Manufacturing
$54,440
Public Administration
$49,950

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Public Administration
$49,950
Manufacturing
$54,440
Transportation and Warehousing
$54,940
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$62,770