Train Conductor Salary
A sizeable majority of Train Conductors in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $58K annually. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $50K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $71K. Train Conductors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $76K. For some reason, Train Conductors with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $73K. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
Train conductors often work with railroad crew members to connect and disconnect cars, use switches, and perform repairs and general maintenance. Those in this position must be able to understand the various communications involved in railroad operation to accurately place cars where they belong, and must also be aware of surroundings at all times to prevent theft and other suspicious activity.
Strong communication skills are important for this position in order to work well with other crew members, and the ability to perform tasks quickly without sacrificing the crew's safety is essential. Generally, a minimum of a high school diploma is required, and on-the-job training is often provided. The job can be physically demanding and require conductors to lift heavy items, crawl, stoop, and bend to reach awkward places. Medical examinations are generally administered prior to hiring for this position. Shifts vary greatly, and some conductors may be required to be on-call.
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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Popular Employer Salaries for Train Conductor
For Train Conductors, comfortable salaries can be found at Union Pacific Railroad; in fact, median earnings sit around $58K, the highest in the area.
Pay by Experience Level for Train Conductor
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