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Railroad Conductor Salary

A sizeable majority of Railroad Conductors in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $52K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though the specific employer and geographic location have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,627 - $84,996
(Median)
$37K
$52K
$85K
MEDIAN: $51,911
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$14.06 - $29.08
(Median)
$14
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,627 - $84,996  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,805  
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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$32,094 - $83,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 235
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.06 - $29.08  
   
Overtime
$19.39 - $46.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,805  
   
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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$32,094 - $83,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Railroad Conductors. The biggest paychecks can be found at BNSF Railway Company — the median salary there is $73K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $53K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $119K.


Pay by Experience Level for Railroad Conductor

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


For many Railroad Conductors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $47K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $61K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Railroad Conductors make a median salary of $71K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $74K.

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Experience Affects Railroad Conductor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 40%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 4%