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 $54K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by tenure and geographic location. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,279 - $84,272
(Median)
$39K
$54K
$84K
MEDIAN: $53,878
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90%

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$14.67 - $29.16
(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 - $3,557  
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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$34,119 - $82,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.67 - $29.16  
   
Overtime
$21.26 - $46.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,557  
   
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).
)
$34,119 - $82,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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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 all popular places to work. Although BNSF Railway Company boasts the highest average salary in town at $75K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $53K or as much as $119K.


Pay by Experience Level for Railroad Conductor

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


For Railroad Conductors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $61K. For Railroad Conductors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. 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 34%

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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