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Train Conductor Salary

Train Conductors in the United States take home an average $50K per year. Earnings generally vary between $34K and $72K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Train Conductors who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Train Conductors report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$35,297 - $70,017
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,558
10%
50%
90%

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$15.21 - $30.47
(Median)
$15
$24
$30
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,297 - $70,017  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
Total Pay (?
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$34,147 - $72,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $30.47  
   
Overtime
$24.20 - $43.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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).
)
$34,147 - $72,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $46K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $55K. Train Conductors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. For some reason, Train Conductors with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $55K.

Experience Affects Train Conductor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 7%