Men account for the majority of Railroad Conductors in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $62K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though the company and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Railroad Conductors. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,640 - $96,690
$42K
$62K
$97K
MEDIAN: $62,325
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$14.96 - $33.06
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MEDIAN: $20.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,640 - $96,690  
   
Bonus
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
Total Pay (?
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$36,158 - $93,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.96 - $33.06  
   
Overtime
$23.75 - $48.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$4,000  
   
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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$36,158 - $93,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 106

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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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Railroad Conductors who advance into the role of a Locomotive Engineer are fairly uncommon. Locomotive Engineers on average earn $72K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Railroad Conductor


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Railroad Conductors include Norfolk Southern Corporation, BNSF Railway Company, Union Pacific Railroad, CSX Corp, and Genesee and Wyoming Inc. Union Pacific Railroad offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $75K.

Pay by Experience Level for Railroad Conductor

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Railroad Conductors. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $50K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $59K. Railroad Conductors see a median salary of $70K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $86K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Key Stats for Railroad Conductor

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
040
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Railroad Conductor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$57,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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