Salary for Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

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Also known as:  Freight Conductor, Passenger Car Conductor, Train Conductor, Yard Conductor helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Railroad conductors and supervisors are the superiors of engineers and switch operators. Their main duties include scheduling their subordinates, monitoring their subordinates' time while working, investigating and reporting injuries at the work place and conducting work safety procedures. These positions usually require a high school degree or GED. Once hired, a first-line supervisor will need up to a year of formal training before beginning work.

A Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster can get an average wage on a scale from $43,430 to $90,520 based on level of experience. usually receive a pay level of of sixty-five thousand four hundred and fourty dollars on a yearly basis.

receive the highest salary in New Jersey, where they receive pay levels, on average, of near $75,780. They have the best average pay in Transportation and Warehousing, where they can get pay of $65,760.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 25.05 percent nationwide in that time.


Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters tend to make the most in the following industries:

Transportation and Warehousing
Public Administration

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Public Administration
Transportation and Warehousing