The average hourly pay for a Train Conductor is $23.02.
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Job Description for Train Conductor
Train conductors are responsible for managing the crew and operations of passenger/freight trains. These conductors are also in charge of tasks which do not involve actual operation of the train, such as inspecting cars before departure to ensure that they are intact and functioning properly. They also maintain communication with others involved in operating trains via radio, telephone, and hand signals. Train conductors often work with railroad crew members to connect and disconnect cars, use …Read more
Train 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 Train Conductor
The top respondents for the job title Train Conductor are from the companies Norfolk Southern Corporation, BNSF Railway Company and BNSF Railway Company. Reported salaries are highest at BNSF Railway Company where the average pay is $23.50. Norfolk Southern Corporation pays the lowest at around $22.98.
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Pay by Experience Level for Train Conductor
An entry-level Train Conductor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $21.12 based on 40 salaries. An early career Train Conductor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $23.15 based on 93 salaries. A mid-career Train Conductor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $22.18 based on 39 salaries. An experienced Train Conductor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $27.96 based on 21 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $33.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Train Conductor in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 16.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (12.2% more) and New York, New York (8.4% more).
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