Train Conductor Salary

Train Conductors in the United States take home approximately $52K per year on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $32K and $76K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 86 percent of Train Conductors are male. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most Train Conductors are happy with their jobs. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,982 - $82,406
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$82K
MEDIAN: $51,761
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50%
90%

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$14.79 - $30.11
(Median)
$15
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,982 - $82,406  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
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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$32,375 - $75,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $30.11  
   
Overtime
$21.52 - $45.96  
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 - $3,452  
   
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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$32,375 - $75,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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Job Description for Train Conductor

Train conductors are responsible for managing the crew and operations of passenger/freight trains. These conductors are also in charge of tasks which do not involve actual operation of the train, such as inspecting cars before departure to ensure that they are intact and functioning properly. They also maintain communication with others involved in operating trains via radio, telephone, and hand signals.

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Train 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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Pay by Experience Level for Train Conductor

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $47K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $59K. Train Conductors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $55K.

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Experience Affects Train Conductor Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 7%
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