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Table 6-7: Freight Railroad Employment, Retirement, and Wages: 2012(1)

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State Number of employees Wages ($ millions) Number of retirement beneficiaries Retirement payments
($ millions)
Alabama 3,711 387 9,232 189
Alaska 525 48 229 5
Arizona 2,854 322 9,148 188
Arkansas 3,390 365 9,749 200
California 8,877 997 26,826 550
Colorado 2,973 337 7,735 159
Connecticut 117 11 2,562 53
Delaware 196 20 1,973 40
District of Columbia 12 1 418 9
Florida 4,981 529 28,642 587
Georgia 7,178 748 16,309 334
Hawaii 0 0 174 4
Idaho 1,390 151 4,423 91
Illinois 13,152 1,482 32,710 671
Indiana 6,223 659 15,227 312
Iowa 3,746 411 8,874 182
Kansas 5,427 626 13,575 278
Kentucky 4,195 446 14,340 294
Louisiana 3,083 339 7,178 147
Maine 650 65 2,574 53
Maryland 1,535 165 8,438 173
Massachusetts 823 75 3,664 75
Michigan 3,194 350 13,615 279
Minnesota 4,566 517 14,518 298
Mississippi 1,833 211 5,780 118
Missouri 7,333 832 18,593 381
Montana 2,805 321 5,629 115
Nebraska 12,010 1,364 12,781 262
Nevada 676 75 3,236 66
New Hampshire 242 20 834 17
New Jersey 1,132 118 8,469 174
New Mexico 1,671 196 4,242 87
New York 3,487 361 20,897 428
North Carolina 2,434 252 9,923 203
North Dakota 2,026 213 2,904 60
Ohio 7,619 791 24,606 504
Oklahoma 1,991 225 4,991 102
Oregon 2,026 220 7,747 159
Pennsylvania 7,056 718 32,481 666
Rhode Island 61 6 517 11
South Carolina 1,749 184 6,649 136
South Dakota 869 102 1,473 30
Tennessee 4,274 463 11,945 245
Texas 16,826 1,908 33,307 683
Utah 1,659 179 5,032 103
Vermont 172 14 744 15
Virginia 5,737 593 16,767 344
Washington 3,967 463 10,634 218
West Virginia 2,861 303 8,174 168
Wisconsin 3,128 358 9,118 187
Wyoming 2,822 323 3,114 64
United States, total 181,264 19,861 522,720 10,716

1Includes Class I, Regional, Switching and Terminal, and Local freight railroads.

NOTE: Wages are estimated by multiplying average wage by number of employees in each state. For Class I railroads, average wages are estimated based on aggregate data which incorporates fringe benefits, assumed to be 37.5 percent of wages.

SOURCE: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Ten-Year Trends, available at www.aar.org/StatisticsAndPublications as of July 2015.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017