Salary for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators

Also known as:  Freight Brake Operator, Locomotive Switch Operator, Railroad Brake Operator, Railway Switch Operator, Switch Coupler, Train Brake Operator

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Railroad brake, signal and switch operators operate switches on railroad tracks. This job can be strenuous as dangerous tools are sometimes used and employees much stand for long periods of time. These positions usually require a high school diploma or GED or above. Once hired, a new employee will need up to one year of formal training before beginning work officially.

A Railroad Brake, Signal, or Switch Operator earns a wage somewhere between 32000 to 48000 based on education and experience. Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators can expect a compensation of Forty Eight Thousand Seven Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators are paid most highly in Florida, where they receive an average pay rate of close to $64580.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 1.48 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Transportation and Warehousing
$48,640
Manufacturing
$42,540

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Manufacturing
$42,540
Transportation and Warehousing
$48,640