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Railway Equipment Operator Salary

$44,811 (USD)

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Last updated: June 26, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Railway Equipment Operator is $44,811 a year and $22 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Railway Equipment Operator is between $33,324 and $54,385. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Job Summary

  • Operates several types of heavy equipment, such as rail-mounted tamping machines, brooms, graders, and ballast cleaning machines to tamp ballast beneath and between ties, to clean tracks, to clean and redistribute ballast, and to grade and level ballast on railroad tracks: pulls levers and depresses pedals to drive machines and control attachments, such as blades, hydraulic turntables, jacks, brooms, and tampers.
  • Tightens loose bolts and adjusts blades, using wrenches.
  • Lubricates machines, changes oil, and fills hydraulic reservoirs to specified levels.
  • May be designated according to type equipment operated as ballast-cleaning-machine operator; ballast-regulator operator; tamping-machine operator; track-broom operator.
Railway Equipment Operator Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Rail Transportation Workers, All Other

Job family population: 4,690

Estimated population of Railway Equipment Operator jobs: 806

Rate of error: 9.4%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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Bakersfield, CA, USA
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... Railroad Association (FRA) standards. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: * Safely operates all plant equipment * Monitor process operating parameters and utility ...
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