Railroad Conductor Salary

Men account for the majority of Railroad Conductors in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $65K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the company and geographic location. The majority of Railroad Conductors claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$41,414 - $99,969
$41K
$65K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,597
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50%
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$14.93 - $34.19
$15
$22
$34
MEDIAN: $21.67
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$0$99K
Salary $41,414 - $99,969
Bonus $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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$34,509 - $96,533
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 112
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $14.93 - $34.19
Overtime $23.27 - $50.48
Annual Data $0$96K
Bonus $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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$34,509 - $96,533
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 112

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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.

Common Career Paths for Railroad Conductor


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Advancing into a Locomotive Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Railroad Conductors, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $73K per year.

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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 largest salaries in town — $75K on average.

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: $59,542

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

Railroad Conductors working in Chicago earn a bit more than the national average, but overall, earnings in this area are not heavily influenced by geographic location. With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (18 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (9 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Railroad Conductor

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Railroad Conductor Salaries

Late-Career
▲44%

Experienced
▲19%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$60,000

▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 12%
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