Railroad Conductor Salary

Male Railroad Conductors number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $64K annually in the United States. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and geography are driving factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,497 - $97,448
$41K
$64K
$97K
MEDIAN: $63,684
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$14.86 - $33.26
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MEDIAN: $20.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,497 - $97,448  
   
Bonus
$4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$35,250 - $95,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.86 - $33.26  
   
Overtime
$23.22 - $48.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$4,000  
   
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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$35,250 - $95,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 101

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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

  • Coordinate movement of trains and rail cars.
  • Maintain accurate, clear documentation of train movement.
  • Communicate train and rail movement or switches with crew.
  • Operate track switches, inspect, couple and un-couple rail cars.

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While Railroad Conductors do not often become Locomotive Engineers, the job pays $73K per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Railroad Conductor


Known for taking on a considerable number of Railroad Conductors, Norfolk Southern Corporation, BNSF Railway Company, Union Pacific Railroad, CSX Corp, and Genesee and Wyoming Inc. are leading firms in the industry. CSX Corp offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $75K.

Pay by Experience Level for Railroad Conductor

Pay by Experience for a Railroad Conductor has a positive trend. An entry-level Railroad Conductor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 118 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Railroad Conductor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 65 salaries. An experienced Railroad Conductor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 57 salaries. A Railroad Conductor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 13 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,795

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Railroad Conductors, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 6 percent above the national average. Railroad Conductors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+3 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Pittsburgh (15 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Railroad Conductor

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Railroad Conductor Salaries

Late-Career
▲49%

Experienced
▲23%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$58,000

▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 10%