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Train Conductor Salary

Train Conductors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $50K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $32K, and the higher rates verge on $74K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Train Conductors who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$35,640 - $76,596
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,380
10%
50%
90%

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$14.77 - $30.10
(Median)
$15
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,640 - $76,596  
   
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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$32,358 - $74,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $30.10  
   
Overtime
$21.44 - $46.15  
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.
)
$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).
)
$32,358 - $74,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $46K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $59K. For Train Conductors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $55K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Train Conductor Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 5%
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