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Train Conductor Salary

Train Conductors in the United States pull down an average of $49K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $33K and $73K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men account for the majority of Train Conductors who responded to the questionnaire — 87 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,383 - $72,726
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,409
10%
50%
90%

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$14.84 - $30.30
(Median)
$15
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,383 - $72,726  
   
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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$33,249 - $73,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.84 - $30.30  
   
Overtime
$18.50 - $49.50  
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$50K$100K$150K
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).
)
$33,249 - $73,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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Job Description for Train Conductor

  • 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 $46K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $59K. Train Conductors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

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
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 6%