Train Conductor Salary

Male Train Conductors number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $21.74 per hour in the United States. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though the particular city and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Train Conductors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,474 - $102,091
$39K
$65K
$100K
MEDIAN: $65,302
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50%
90%

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$15.00 - $33.08
$15
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $21.35
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$0$102K
Salary $39,474 - $102,091
Bonus $1,750
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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$35,335 - $94,518
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 58
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $15.00 - $33.08
Overtime $10.74 - $49.81
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $1,750
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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$35,335 - $94,518
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 59

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.

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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.

Train Conductor Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Train Conductor


Union Pacific Railroad offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $62K.

Pay by Experience Level for Train Conductor

Pay by Experience for a Train Conductor has a positive trend. An entry-level Train Conductor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 92 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Train Conductor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 25 salaries. An experienced Train Conductor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 13 salaries. A Train Conductor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 9 salaries.

Train Conductor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Train Conductor?

Train Conductor in Stockton:
"Excellent work but high risk low reward."
Pros: The work can be satisfying. In charge of putting trains together and managing different crews. Maintaining a safe work ethic while staying productive.
Cons: Like I said in the headline, high risk and low reward. You're in charge of your crew and others safety. Putting trains together and having them on an on time departure. One wrong or accidental move could be disastrous. Very stressful.

Key Stats for Train Conductor

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Train Conductor Salaries

Experienced
▲46%

Mid-Career
▲44%

Late-Career
▲34%

National Average
$54,000

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 11%