Railroad Conductor Salary

Men make up the majority of Railroad Conductors in the United States, bringing in about $56K annually. Pay ranges from $35K on the low end to $87K per year on the high end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by the specific employer and geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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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90%

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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 (?
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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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For Railroad Conductors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Railroad Conductors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster.

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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. Although BNSF Railway Company leads the field in pay with a median salary of $74K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $51K on the low end all the way up to $118K at the top.

Pay by Experience Level for Railroad Conductor

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Railroad Conductors. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $60K. Railroad Conductors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $70K. Railroad Conductors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $80K.

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Experience Affects Railroad Conductor Salaries

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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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