Railroad Conductor Salary

Men account for the majority of Railroad Conductors in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $56K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $35K to $87K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the company and location. Most Railroad Conductors report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,430 - $89,163
(Median)
$39K
$56K
$89K
MEDIAN: $55,976
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$14.97 - $30.62
(Median)
$15
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$39,430 - $89,163  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,097  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$34,505 - $86,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 205
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.97 - $30.62  
   
Overtime
$22.58 - $48.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,097  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$34,505 - $86,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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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.

Common Career Paths for Railroad Conductor


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Many Railroad Conductors move into a Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Railroad Conductor or Yardmasters on average bring in a similar salary to Railroad Conductors.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Railroad Conductor


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Railroad Conductors include CSX Corp, Norfolk Southern Corporation, BNSF Railway Company, Union Pacific Railroad, and Genesee and Wyoming Inc. BNSF Railway Company does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $74K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $51K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $118K.


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 tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $49K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $60K. Railroad Conductors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $80K.

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Experience Affects Railroad Conductor Salaries

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Mid-Career
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National Average
$53,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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