The average hourly pay for a Freight Conductor is $22.58.
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Job Description for Freight Conductor
Freight conductors control various types of trains and are responsible for the proper functioning of a train's movement. Freight conductors ensure safety when operating a train and maintain a friendly and compatible relationship with the engineer and other railroad employees. Conductors not need to be able to understand various mechanical problems and how to fix them. This position usually only requires a high school diploma and acquiring the training to become certified, which can done on the…Read more
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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.
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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.
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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).
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