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.

$36,457 - $99,450
(Median)
$36K
$58K
$99K
MEDIAN: $58,152
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90%

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$14.91 - $30.78
(Median)
$15
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$36,457 - $99,450  
   
Bonus
$2,503  
Total Pay (?
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$33,624 - $88,433  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $30.78  
   
Overtime
$11.66 - $51.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,503  
   
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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$33,624 - $88,433  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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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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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Train Conductor Reviews

What is it like working as a Train Conductor?

Train Conductor in Stockton:
"Excellent work but high risk low reward."
Pros: The work can be satisfying. In charge of putting trains together and managing different crews. Maintaining a safe work ethic while staying productive.
Cons: Like I said in the headline, high risk and low reward. You're in charge of your crew and others safety. Putting trains together and having them on an on time departure. One wrong or accidental move could be disastrous. Very stressful.

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Experience Affects Train Conductor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 45%

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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