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 usually receives a compensation in a range of $36,110 to $81,670 based on the level of education. will normally receive an average compensation of fifty-seven thousand four hundred and thirty dollars annually.

receive the highest salary in South Carolina, where they can earn average pay scales of close to $69,890. They can get the best pay in Public Administration, where they earn job pay of $73,300.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 40.63 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
$73,300
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$60,880
Manufacturing
$55,010
Transportation and Warehousing
$52,720
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$50,930
Construction
$49,930

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$42,040
Construction
$49,930
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$50,930
Transportation and Warehousing
$52,720
Manufacturing
$55,010
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$60,880