Freight Conductor Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Freight Conductors in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $55K annually nationwide. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,249 - $93,797
(Median)
$36K
$55K
$94K
MEDIAN: $55,172
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$14.90 - $34.52
(Median)
$15
$23
$35
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$36,249 - $93,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $26,425  
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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$35,282 - $93,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $34.52  
   
Overtime
$22.15 - $51.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $26,425  
   
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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$35,282 - $93,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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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For Freight Conductors, comfortable salaries can be found at Union Pacific Railroad; in fact, average earnings are around $72K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($39K versus $93K) is great.

Offering a median salary of only $47K, CSX Corp gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $33K to $71K isn't that wide, either.

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 $46K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $71K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Freight Conductors see a median salary of $73K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Freight Conductors who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $62K.

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Experience Affects Freight Conductor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 38%

Mid-Career
up arrow 35%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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