Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

4.0/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $30.75 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 66% (Robots are watching)

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters' job openings is expected to rise 4.7% by 2031
'Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters' was $63,960, or $30.75 hourly
'Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters' are paid 39.8% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as railroad conductors and yardmasters?

As of 2021 there were 48,030 people employed as Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters within the United States.
This represents around 0.03% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters.

Job description

Coordinate activities of switch-engine crew within railroad yard, industrial plant, or similar location. Conductors coordinate activities of train crew on passenger or freight trains. Yardmasters review train schedules and switching orders and coordinate activities of workers engaged in railroad traffic operations, such as the makeup or breakup of trains and yard switching.

SOC Code: 53-4031.00


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Fred (Highly likely) says
I work for a class I railroad and positive train control has been in use on our engines for about 3 years. It stops the train if the engineer doesn't. A large part of an over the road freight conductor duties are to be a second set of eyes and to stop the train if something happens to the engineer. We do have other duties that are important and won't be replaced by robots anytime soon. Will we be replaced by robots soon? Probably not but partially yes.
Apr 14, 2021 at 04:58 AM

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