Train Conductor Salary

Median pay for Train Conductors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $51K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $33K, and the higher rates verge on $76K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though the particular city and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most Train Conductors are happy with their jobs. There are far more male Train Conductors survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,519 - $83,683
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$84K
MEDIAN: $51,412
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50%
90%

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$14.86 - $30.58
(Median)
$15
$23
$31
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,519 - $83,683  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,394  
Total Pay (?
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$33,430 - $75,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.86 - $30.58  
   
Overtime
$21.25 - $54.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,394  
   
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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$33,430 - $75,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $49K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $61K. Train Conductors bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Train Conductors who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $58K.

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What is it like working as a Train Conductor?

Train Conductor in Stockton:
"Excellent work but high risk low reward."
Pros: The work can be satisfying. In charge of putting trains together and managing different crews. Maintaining a safe work ethic while staying productive.
Cons: Like I said in the headline, high risk and low reward. You're in charge of your crew and others safety. Putting trains together and having them on an on time departure. One wrong or accidental move could be disastrous. Very stressful.

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Experience Affects Train Conductor Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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