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Railroad Conductor Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Railroad Conductors in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $53K per year nationwide. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but career length and location are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Railroad Conductors. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,576 - $84,056
(Median)
$38K
$53K
$84K
MEDIAN: $52,687
10%
50%
90%

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$14.76 - $29.14
(Median)
$15
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$37,576 - $84,056  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $4,958  
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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$33,008 - $83,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 229
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $29.14  
   
Overtime
$21.26 - $45.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $4,958  
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).
)
$33,008 - $83,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167

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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


Railroad Conductors flock to CSX Corp, Norfolk Southern Corporation, BNSF Railway Company, Union Pacific Railroad, and Genesee and Wyoming Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. BNSF Railway Company offers the largest salaries in town ($73K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $52K to $120K.


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 do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $61K. Railroad Conductors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $70K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $72K on average.

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Experience Affects Railroad Conductor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

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
15%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 4%
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