Train Conductor Salary

Train Conductors in the United States can expect wages of $52K annually on average. Compensation ranges between $32K and $76K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Male Train Conductors far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,982 - $82,406
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$82K
MEDIAN: $51,761
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50%
90%

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$14.79 - $30.11
(Median)
$15
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,982 - $82,406  
   
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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$32,375 - $75,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $30.11  
   
Overtime
$21.52 - $45.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$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).
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$32,375 - $75,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $47K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $59K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Train Conductors make a median salary of $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.

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Experience Affects Train Conductor Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 7%
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