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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,180
25th Percentile Wage
$47,190
50th Percentile Wage
$57,480
75th Percentile Wage
$67,950
90th Percentile Wage
$79,620

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 $79,620. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $57,480. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,180. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 103% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of railroad conductors and yardmasters from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201657,4802.70%4.84%
201555,9302.07%-
201454,770-2.36%-
201356,0602.43%-
201254,700--

Table 2. Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of railroad conductors and yardmasters in 3 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for railroad conductors and yardmasters occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $60,310. The lowest paying sector is the manufacturing sector (annual salary $53,340).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$60,310
Transportation and Warehousing
$56,810
Manufacturing
$53,340

Table 3. 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 $39,870 to $68,730. The highest paying state for railroad conductors and yardmasters is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $68,730. The lowest paying state is Colorado with a median annual salary of $39,870. 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
$68,730
Kentucky
$64,390
Arizona
$64,380
New York
$62,150
Minnesota
$60,630
Maryland
$60,390
South Dakota
$60,140
Wisconsin
$60,020
Illinois
$59,330
Iowa
$59,240
South Carolina
$58,420
Washington
$57,950
Florida
$57,490
Michigan
$57,360
Montana
$56,960
Maine
$56,810
California
$56,700
Georgia
$56,460
Missouri
$56,460
Nebraska
$56,390
North Carolina
$56,330
Virginia
$56,260
Oregon
$56,240
Alabama
$56,160
West Virginia
$55,650
Kansas
$55,590
Idaho
$55,060
Tennessee
$55,050
Texas
$54,690
Arkansas
$54,190
Indiana
$53,130
Pennsylvania
$51,840
Ohio
$49,410
Massachusetts
$45,370
Oklahoma
$41,610
Colorado
$39,870


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