Railroad Conductor Salary

Men make up the majority of Railroad Conductors in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $21.59 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,632 - $100,486
$43K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $63,019
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50%
90%

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$15.00 - $33.49
$15
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20.60
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$0$100K
Salary $42,632 - $100,486
Bonus $5,000
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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$35,738 - $95,647
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 109
Hourly Data $0$47
Hourly Rate $15.00 - $33.49
Hourly Tips $0.40
Overtime $23.07 - $47.44
Annual Data $0$95K
Bonus $5,000
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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$35,738 - $95,647
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 108

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.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Railroad Conductor


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There are some Railroad Conductors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Locomotive Engineers, where earnings are an average $73K annually.

Railroad Conductor Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Railroad Conductor


Many Railroad Conductors can be found at Norfolk Southern Corporation, BNSF Railway Company, Union Pacific Railroad, CSX Corp, and Genesee and Wyoming Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. CSX Corp leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $75K.

Pay by Experience Level for Railroad Conductor

Pay by Experience for a Railroad Conductor has a positive trend. An entry-level Railroad Conductor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 118 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Railroad Conductor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 65 salaries. An experienced Railroad Conductor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 57 salaries. A Railroad Conductor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 13 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,182

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Railroad Conductors employed in Chicago pick up paychecks that are slightly larger than the national average; however, location does not seem to affect pay too strongly overall. The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Atlanta and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Railroad Conductor

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Railroad Conductor Salaries

Late-Career
▲48%

Experienced
▲22%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$58,000

▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 12%