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Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters Salary Information

The salary statistics of railroad conductors and yardmasters are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of railroad conductors and yardmasters within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The railroad conductors and yardmasters annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$76,510
75th Percentile Wage
$65,500
50th Percentile Wage
$54,770
25th Percentile Wage
$44,790
10th Percentile Wage
$38,220

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for railroad conductors and yardmasters. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) railroad conductors and yardmasters is $76,510. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,220. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 100% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $54,770 -2.30%
2013 $56,060 2.49%
2012 $54,700 1.52%
2011 $53,880 8.26%
2010 $49,770 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for railroad conductors and yardmasters from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 10.05%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 2.49%. We also note that the average annual wage had a moderate growth of 1.52% in 2012 and a sizable growth of 8.26% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters vs. Related Jobs

Table 4. Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of railroad conductors and yardmasters in 2 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4.

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$57,370
Transportation and Warehousing
$54,190

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters by States

From the above tables we note that not only railroad conductors and yardmasters salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of railroad conductors and yardmasters in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $36,640 to $61,830. The highest paying state for railroad conductors and yardmasters is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $61,830. The lowest paying state is New Hampshire with a median annual salary of $36,640. For more salary information of railroad conductors and yardmasters profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Mississippi
$61,830
Kentucky
$60,700
New York
$60,290
Minnesota
$59,270
Arizona
$58,890
New Jersey
$58,190
South Carolina
$56,420
Illinois
$55,900
Wisconsin
$55,520
Louisiana
$55,510
Indiana
$55,410
South Dakota
$55,210
Washington
$53,580
Idaho
$53,330
Massachusetts
$53,160
Georgia
$53,110
Maine
$53,080
Oregon
$53,030
Pennsylvania
$52,810
Tennessee
$52,800
Alabama
$52,740
Virginia
$52,690
Texas
$52,520
Arkansas
$52,030
Missouri
$51,560
Nebraska
$51,560
Montana
$50,490
California
$50,460
Kansas
$50,440
Oklahoma
$49,240
Michigan
$48,700
West Virginia
$48,460
Florida
$47,540
Ohio
$46,350
North Carolina
$45,800
Colorado
$39,920
New Hampshire
$36,640