Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster Salary
The average pay for a Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster is $65,271 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
|Salary||$35,759 - $96,874|
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|$35,394 - $94,175|
|Hourly Rate||$15.91 - $37.20|
|Overtime||$24.08 - $58.80|
|Total Pay (||$35,394 - $94,175|
Job Description for Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster
Railroad conductors or yardmasters are responsible for coordinating train activities on behalf of their organization. They are in charge of facilitating the delivery and unloading of different items. Some of their main responsibilities include completing railroad switching tasks on time.Read More...
They should also pay close attention to detail, in order to minimize delays during transportation. They work well with other conductors or yardmasters to facilitate communication and share important project information. One of their main duties are inspecting train engines, railroad conditions, fuel, and speed gauges before allowing trains to proceed. Railroad conductors or yardmasters should also keep accurate logs of load numbers, destinations, and tracking records for future reference. These professionals should be able to stand on their feet for long periods of time to connect air hoses, climb ladders, and perform minor repairs. They use protective gear and common tools, such as hammers and wrenches. These conductors work in a fast-paced environment and should be able to multitask with ease on different activities. Conductors or yardmasters follow strict safety procedures to prevent accidents or lose loads while moving. They work well in a team environment, but they can also perform effectively by themselves.
At least a high school diploma is usually required for this position. Conductor training is necessary for this job. Conductor and safety certifications are a plus. As a management position, years of experience is usually required.
Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster 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.
Pay by Experience Level for Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster
Pay by Experience for a Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster has a positive trend. An entry-level Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 34 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 23 salaries. An experienced Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 26 salaries. A Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 7 salaries.
Key Stats for Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster
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