Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

3.8/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $30.78 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 76% (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 5.5% by 2030
'Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters' is expected to be a slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

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

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters' was $64,030, or $30.78 hourly
'Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters' are paid 52.6% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 44,920 people employed as Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters.
This represents around 0.03% of the employed workforce across the United States.

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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