Average Train Conductor Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Train Conductor is $23.13.
MEDIAN $23.13
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Hourly Rate
$16 - $35
$199 - $17,617
Profit Sharing
$4,792 - $11,500
Total Pay
$36,937 - $91,376

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Job Description for Train Conductor

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.

Popular Employer Salaries 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.

Career Paths

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Popular Skills for Train Conductor

Skills in Transport, Safety Compliance, Training and HAZMAT are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.

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 $21.37 based on 39 salaries. An early career Train Conductor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $23.06 based on 95 salaries. A mid-career Train Conductor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $22.23 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 15.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (11.7% more) and New York, New York (10.2% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 215 survey responses.
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