Men make up the majority of Freight Conductors in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $65K per year. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all get medical and dental insurance, and a fair number get vision plans, too. Work is enjoyable for Freight Conductors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$37,608 - $97,428
(Median)
$38K
$65K
$97K
MEDIAN: $64,707
10%
50%
90%

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$15.38 - $37.50
(Median)
$15
$23
$38
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$37,608 - $97,428  
   
Bonus
$1,900  
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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$35,231 - $99,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$15.38 - $37.50  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $60.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,900  
   
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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$35,231 - $99,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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Job Description for Freight Conductor

Freight conductors control various types of trains and are responsible for the proper functioning of a train's movement. Freight conductors ensure safety when operating a train and maintain a friendly and compatible relationship with the engineer and other railroad employees. Conductors not need to be able to understand various mechanical problems and how to fix them.

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Those at Norfolk Southern Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $69K.

CSX Corp seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $49K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $33K and $72K.

Pay by Experience Level for Freight Conductor

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Freight Conductors. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $51K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $70K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $74K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $90K on average.

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Experience Affects Freight Conductor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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