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Railroad Conductor Salary

Men make up the majority of Railroad Conductors in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $52K per year. While career length and location impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. For the most part, Railroad Conductors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,576 - $84,056
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$84K
MEDIAN: $51,923
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50%
90%

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$14.70 - $29.08
(Median)
$15
$22
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$37,576 - $84,056  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$32,619 - $82,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 229
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.70 - $29.08  
   
Overtime
$21.26 - $45.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
   
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).
)
$32,619 - $82,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171

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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. For Railroad Conductors, comfortable salaries can be found at BNSF Railway Company; in fact, average earnings are around $73K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($52K versus $120K) is great.


Pay by Experience Level for Railroad Conductor

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


For Railroad Conductors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $61K. Railroad Conductors see a median salary of $70K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Railroad Conductors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $72K on average.

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Experience Affects Railroad Conductor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 5%