Train Conductor Salary

Train Conductors in the United States take home approximately $51K annually on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $33K to $75K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Train Conductors (84 percent) who took the survey are men. Most people is this field find their work highly enjoyable. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$35,657 - $81,546

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$14.86 - $30.26

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,657 - $81,546  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,425  
Total Pay (?
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$32,678 - $74,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.86 - $30.26  
   
Overtime
$21.66 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,425  
   
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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$32,678 - $74,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $60K. For Train Conductors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

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
19%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 8%
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