Railroad Conductor Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Railroad Conductors earn an average of $54K annually. While career duration and geography impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,402 - $84,413

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$14.68 - $29.34

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,402 - $84,413  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,569  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $5,000  
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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$34,348 - $82,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $29.34  
   
Overtime
$21.13 - $46.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,569  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $5,000  
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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$34,348 - $82,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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Job Description for Railroad Conductor

While some who recall the "golden era of train travel" believe that a train conductor simply walks the aisles and punches tickets, the reality is that this job has morphed considerably over time. Today’s train conductors do hard, heavy work in all weather conditions and at all hours of the day and night. Essentially, they are responsible for making sure that trains operate as efficiently as possible, no matter what could go wrong.

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Railroad Conductor Tasks

  • Communicate train and rail movement or switches with crew.
  • Operate track switches, inspect, couple and un-couple rail cars.
  • Coordinate movement of trains and rail cars.
  • Maintain accurate, clear documentation of train movement.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Railroad Conductor


CSX Corp, Norfolk Southern Corporation, BNSF Railway Company, Union Pacific Railroad, and Genesee and Wyoming Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Railroad Conductors. BNSF Railway Company offers the largest salaries in town ($75K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $53K to $119K.


Pay by Experience Level for Railroad Conductor

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $48K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $61K. Railroad Conductors bring in $68K after working for 10 to 20 years. Railroad Conductors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $71K.

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Experience Affects Railroad Conductor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$52,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 4%
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