Transit and Railroad Police
SOC: 33-3052.00


Protect and police railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
3,600 employed

Projected (2024):
3,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Agent in Charge
  • Canine Officer (K-9 Officer)
  • Field Training Agent
  • Field Training Officer (FTO)
  • Patroller
  • Patrolman
  • Police Officer
  • Police Specialist
  • Public Transit Specialist
  • Railroad Detective
  • Railroad Police Officer
  • Railroad Watchman
  • Secured Entrance Monitor
  • Sergeant
  • Special Agent
  • Special Agent in Charge
  • Supervisory Special Agent
  • Track Patrol
  • Track Watchman
  • Transit Authority Police
  • Transit Police Officer
  • Transit Specialist
  • Transportation Officer

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Patrol railroad yards, cars, stations, or other facilities to protect company property or shipments and to maintain order.
  • Examine credentials of unauthorized persons attempting to enter secured areas.
  • Apprehend or remove trespassers or thieves from railroad property or coordinate with law enforcement agencies in apprehensions and removals.
  • Prepare reports documenting investigation activities and results.
  • Investigate or direct investigations of freight theft, suspicious damage or loss of passengers' valuables, or other crimes on railroad property.
  • Direct security activities at derailments, fires, floods, or strikes involving railroad property.
  • Direct or coordinate the daily activities or training of security staff.
  • Interview neighbors, associates, or former employers of job applicants to verify personal references or to obtain work history data.
  • Record and verify seal numbers from boxcars containing frequently pilfered items, such as cigarettes or liquor, to detect tampering.
  • Plan or implement special safety or preventive programs, such as fire or accident prevention.
  • Seal empty boxcars by twisting nails in door hasps, using nail twisters.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 35 millimeter cameras
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Biohazard suits
  • Biological hazard detectors
  • Breathalyzers
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR face shields
  • Chemical hazard detectors
  • Crime scene tape measures
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital video cameras
  • Distance measuring wheels
  • Explosive detectors
  • Filter masks
  • Fingerprint evidence kits
  • First aid kits
  • Laptop computers
  • Metal handcuffs
  • Mobile data computers
  • Multipurpose fire extinguishers
  • Nightsticks
  • Nuclear hazard detectors
  • Pepper spray
  • Personal computers
  • Pistols
  • Plastic handcuffs
  • Police bicycles
  • Police motorcycles
  • Police patrol cars
  • Police rifles
  • Police shotguns
  • Protective gloves
  • Riot helmets
  • Service revolvers
  • Side-handle batons
  • Suspect fingerprinting equipment
  • Two way radios
  • X ray inspection equipment
  • Crime mapping software
  • Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS
  • Law enforcement information databases
  • MapInfo Professional
  • MapInfo StreetPro
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Crime Information Center NCIC database
  • Web browser software

  • protective service

    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610