Average Freight Conductor Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Freight Conductor is $22.58.
MEDIAN $22.58
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Hourly Rate
$15 - $31
$36 - $34,905
Total Pay
$36,451 - $96,038

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Job Description for Freight Conductor

Job Satisfaction for Freight Conductor

3.9 out of 5
Highly Satisfied

Popular Employer Salaries for Freight Conductor

The top respondents for the job title Freight Conductor are from the companies CSX Corp, Union Pacific Railroad and Norfolk Southern Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Union Pacific Railroad where the average pay is $27.75. Norfolk Southern Corporation pays the lowest at around $23.40.

Career Paths

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Freight Conductor
Locomotive Engineer
Warehouse Supervisor
Railroad Conductor
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Freight Conductor

Skills in Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Leadership, Problem Solving, Switching and Routing and Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Freight Conductor

An entry-level Freight Conductor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $19.21 based on 13 salaries. An early career Freight Conductor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.60 based on 73 salaries. A mid-career Freight Conductor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $26.67 based on 33 salaries. An experienced Freight Conductor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.49 based on 28 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $0.
Employees with Freight Conductor in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 26.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in St. Paul, Minnesota (25.0% more) and Mobile, Alabama (11.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9.3% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 156 survey responses.
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