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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,950
25th Percentile Wage
$51,370
50th Percentile Wage
$60,300
75th Percentile Wage
$76,050
90th Percentile Wage
$91,630

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 $91,630. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $60,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,950. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 113% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of railroad conductors and yardmasters from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$60,300
4.68% 9.29%
2016
$57,480
2.70% -
2015
$55,930
2.07% -
2014
$54,770
-2.36% -
2013
$56,060
2.43% -
2012
$54,700
- -

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 transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $60,930. The lowest paying sector is the manufacturing sector (annual salary $53,340).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$60,930
Federal, State, and Local Government
$56,430
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 $72,450. The highest paying state for railroad conductors and yardmasters is Maryland with a median annual salary of $72,450. 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
Maryland
$72,450
California
$70,890
New Mexico
$69,490
Wyoming
$68,760
Mississippi
$68,730
Delaware
$68,560
Washington
$66,260
Oregon
$63,870
District of Columbia
$63,800
North Dakota
$63,600
Virginia
$62,680
Texas
$62,440
Wisconsin
$62,440
Illinois
$62,420
Minnesota
$61,590
Tennessee
$61,530
Louisiana
$61,360
Missouri
$61,250
Iowa
$61,070
Michigan
$60,880
Pennsylvania
$60,620
Kansas
$60,610
Nebraska
$60,570
South Dakota
$60,290
Ohio
$59,300
Florida
$59,190
New York
$58,820
Montana
$58,770
Alabama
$58,730
Georgia
$58,350
Maine
$58,270
New Jersey
$58,190
West Virginia
$57,800
South Carolina
$57,630
Indiana
$57,550
Idaho
$56,790
North Carolina
$56,650
Utah
$55,930
Vermont
$55,840
Arkansas
$55,710
Massachusetts
$52,680
New Hampshire
$50,160
Kentucky
$49,860
Arizona
$48,060
Oklahoma
$42,630
Colorado
$39,870



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