Railroad Conductor Salary

Railroad Conductors in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $54K per year. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and geography are driving factors as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,279 - $84,272
(Median)
$39K
$54K
$84K
MEDIAN: $53,825
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90%

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$14.69 - $29.12
(Median)
$15
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,279 - $84,272  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,544  
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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$33,962 - $82,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.69 - $29.12  
   
Overtime
$21.26 - $46.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,544  
   
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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$33,962 - $82,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Railroad Conductors, CSX Corp, Norfolk Southern Corporation, BNSF Railway Company, Union Pacific Railroad, and Genesee and Wyoming Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Although BNSF Railway Company leads the field in pay with a median salary of $74K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $52K on the low end all the way up to $119K at the top.


Pay by Experience Level for Railroad Conductor

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


Railroad Conductors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $48K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $61K. Railroad Conductors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $68K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $71K.

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Experience Affects Railroad Conductor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 33%

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
22%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 4%
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