Men make up the majority of Railroad Conductors in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $62K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the specific employer and geography. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction for Railroad Conductors is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,725 - $94,849
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$95K
MEDIAN: $61,671
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$14.96 - $32.57
(Median)
$15
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,725 - $94,849  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
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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$34,903 - $90,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.96 - $32.57  
   
Overtime
$23.87 - $48.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$34,903 - $90,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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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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


Dominating the field, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railway Company, CSX Corp, and Genesee and Wyoming Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Railroad Conductors. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Union Pacific Railroad offers the most; Railroad Conductors earn $75K on average there.

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. Railroad Conductors in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $51K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $59K. Railroad Conductors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $68K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $81K on average.

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Experience Affects Railroad Conductor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$57,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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