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Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operator Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

  Pay Period Low Median High
  Hourly $14.98 $23.49 $37.09
  Annual $31,200 $48,900 $77,200
  • “High” indicates 90% of workers earn less and 10% earn more.
  • “Median” indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
  • “Low” indicates 10% of workers earn less and 90% earn more.
  • “N/A” indicates the data is not available.

Notes: The yearly wage data presented above represents U.S. workers who are employed full-time with year-round schedules.

Occupation Description

Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators Operate railroad track switches. Couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains. Signal engineers by hand or flagging. May inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes.