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Railroad Conductor Salary

Men account for the majority of Railroad Conductors in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $53K per year. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and geographic location are driving factors as well. For the most part, Railroad Conductors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,348 - $84,056
(Median)
$38K
$53K
$84K
MEDIAN: $53,021
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50%
90%

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$14.76 - $29.16
(Median)
$15
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
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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
$38,348 - $84,056  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,633  
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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$33,243 - $83,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 229
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $29.16  
   
Overtime
$21.26 - $46.06  
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 - $3,633  
   
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).
)
$33,243 - $83,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166

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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


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. The biggest paychecks can be found at BNSF Railway Company — the median salary there is $74K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $52K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $119K.


Pay by Experience Level for Railroad Conductor

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $61K. Railroad Conductors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $71K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $72K.

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Experience Affects Railroad Conductor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 39%

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

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
9%
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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