Freight Conductor Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Freight Conductors earn an average of $49K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $36K, and the higher rates verge on $87K per year. The company and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn vision coverage. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,200 - $88,849
(Median)
$36K
$49K
$89K
MEDIAN: $49,396
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50%
90%

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$14.79 - $29.15
(Median)
$15
$22
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$36,200 - $88,849  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,658  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,525 - $87,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $29.15  
   
Overtime
$20.61 - $48.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,658  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,525 - $87,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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The biggest paychecks can be found at Union Pacific Railroad — the median salary there is $79K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $39K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $94K.

Known for its small paychecks, CSX Corp actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $46K — 74 percent lower than the top payer.

Pay by Experience Level for Freight Conductor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $71K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $73K in this role. Freight Conductors who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $43K.

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Experience Affects Freight Conductor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 51%

Mid-Career
up arrow 48%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%
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