Salary for Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

Also known as:  Freight Conductor, Passenger Car Conductor, Train Conductor, Yard Conductor

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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 will most likely earn an average compensation in a range of 40000 - 60000 based on tenure and industry expertise. Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters earn an average pay level of Fifty Two Thousand dollars per annum.

Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters are paid at the highest level in New Mexico, where they earn average pay scales of about $71410.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone down since 2004. Salaries have decreased by an average of 1.12 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

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

Transportation and Warehousing
$52,000
Manufacturing
$44,760

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Manufacturing
$44,760
Transportation and Warehousing
$52,000