Average Railroad Conductor Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Railroad Conductor is $23.23.
MEDIAN $23.23
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Hourly Rate
$15 - $36
$20 - $30,000
Profit Sharing
$0 - $3,250
Total Pay
$35,572 - $93,583

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Job Description for Railroad Conductor

Railroad Conductor Tasks
  • Coordinate movement of trains and rail cars.
  • Maintain accurate, clear documentation of train movement.
  • Communicate train and rail movement or switches with crew.
  • Operate track switches, inspect, couple and un-couple rail cars.

Job Satisfaction for Railroad Conductor

3.7 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Railroad Conductor are from the companies Norfolk Southern Corporation, Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway Company. Reported salaries are highest at BNSF Railway Company where the average pay is $40.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak (The National Railroad Passenger Corporation), earning around $39.00 and $29.63, respectively. Genesee and Wyoming Inc. pays the lowest at around $16.48. Norfolk Southern Corporation and CSX Corp also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $24.63 and $26.96, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Railroad Conductor

Skills in Switching and Routing, Safety Compliance, Transport, Heavy Equipment Operation and Problem Solving are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Railroad Conductor

An entry-level Railroad Conductor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $20.32 based on 44 salaries. An early career Railroad Conductor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $22.55 based on 136 salaries. A mid-career Railroad Conductor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.64 based on 73 salaries. An experienced Railroad Conductor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $24.52 based on 81 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $31.
Employees with Railroad Conductor in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 72.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Atlanta, Georgia (26.9% more) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (25.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Savannah, Georgia (30.4% less), Houston, Texas (7.9% less) and Cincinnati, Ohio (1.0% less).

Years of Experience

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