The average hourly pay for a Railroad Conductor is $23.28.
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$15 - $36
$20 - $29,799
$0 - $3,250
$36,411 - $93,600
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Job Description for Railroad Conductor
While some who recall the "golden era of train travel" believe that a train conductor simply walks the aisles and punches tickets, the reality is that this job has morphed considerably over time. Today’s train conductors do hard, heavy work in all weather conditions and at all hours of the day and night. Essentially, they are responsible for making sure that trains operate as efficiently as possible, no matter what could go wrong. Most train conductors start out as conductor trainees who work o…Read more
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Railroad Conductor
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 $28.00, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Railroad Conductor
Avg. Hourly Rate
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 43 salaries. An early career Railroad Conductor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $22.11 based on 140 salaries. A mid-career Railroad Conductor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.31 based on 73 salaries. An experienced Railroad Conductor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $26.98 based on 87 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $31.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Railroad Conductor in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 69.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (25.4% more) and Chicago, Illinois (16.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Savannah, Georgia (30.6% less), Houston, Texas (8.1% less) and Cincinnati, Ohio (1.2% less).
Years of Experience
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