Freight Conductor Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Freight Conductors in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $65K annually nationwide. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction for Freight Conductors is high. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and most get vision plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,749 - $97,715
$36K
$65K
$98K
MEDIAN: $64,938
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50%
90%

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$16.02 - $35.75
$16
$23
$36
MEDIAN: $22.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$35,749 - $97,715  
   
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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$34,974 - $98,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.02 - $35.75  
   
Overtime
$19.40 - $61.12  
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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$34,974 - $98,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Freight Conductor


Although Union Pacific Railroad heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $69K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $42K to $106K.

For Freight Conductors, below-average salaries can be found at CSX Corp; in fact, average earnings are around $54K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($31K versus $100K) is great.

Pay by Experience Level for Freight Conductor

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


Freight Conductors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $52K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $67K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $73K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $90K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Key Stats for Freight Conductor

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Freight Conductor Salaries

Late-Career
▲51%

Experienced
▲23%

Mid-Career
▲13%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 93%
vision benefits
Vision: 83%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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