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Railroad Car Inspector Salary

$68,837 (USD)

Average Salary

$33/hr

Average Hourly

$1,859

Average Bonus

Last updated: December 09, 2019

The average pay for a Railroad Car Inspector is $68,837 a year and $33 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Railroad Car Inspector is between $49,440 and $84,875. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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Description:
  • Inspects railroad cars for structural defects and tests mechanical equipment, such as brakes, airhoses, and couplings to ensure that they are in operating condition: observes cars from elevated platform or from ground as cars roll by, or climbs aboard train to test equipment and to locate defects.
  • Examines car roofs, ice hatches, brake beams, doors, and floors for structural defects and obstructions.
  • Turns handwheel to test brakes and ascertain that they are in operating condition.
  • Inspects and tests airhoses for leakage.
  • Inspects wheel trucks for dragging equipment.
  • Opens journal boxes to determine that they are filled with grease.
  • Prepares reports on findings, indicating number of car and type of repair required.
  • May inspect electrical circuitry and recommend improvements or repairs to electrical operations.
  • May tag cars in need of immediate repairs.
  • May place lanterns or flags in front and rear of train to warn other workers that inspection is being performed.
  • May inspect locomotives.
  • May be designated according to type of car inspected as passenger-car inspector.
Railroad Car Inspector Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Transportation Inspectors

Job family population: 29,990

Estimated population of Railroad Car Inspector jobs: 2,423

Rate of error: 3.2%

Estimated salary in 2024:
$79,801
5 Year Change:
16 %
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Railroad Car Inspector Job Listings for United States

Rail Car Inspector
Oct 9
Pueblo, CO, USA
SelectStaffing
The Rail Car Inspector is responsible for ensuring all work performed meet regulatory requirements as outlined by the client. This role requires a high level of skill and knowledge to read drawings ...
Inspector, Quality Assurance - Rail
Nov 9
Manly, United States
The Andersons Inc
Monitor and implement the Rail Car Repair Quality Assurance Program * Perform in-process and final inspection of rail cars * Visually inspect welds, surface preparations, and coatings and perform ...
Quality Assurance Inspector
Dec 5
Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Appalachian Railcar Services, LLC.
Must pass the Quality Car Inspections Written Test. * Must pass the Quality Railcar Inspections ... Must be knowledgeable of company railroad safety and operating procedures. * The duties of this job ...
Railbound Operator Mechanic for Rail Testing Company
Oct 16
Bridgeport, CT, USA
Sperry Rail Inc
Operate test vehicle/detector car, perform vehicle inspections and equipment set-up, service ... As the largest railroad testing company of its kind, Sperry is able to deploy extensive resources ...
Chief Operators for Railroad Company
Oct 16
Detroit, MI, USA
Sperry Rail Inc
Responsible for the proper operation of all flaw detection equipment and detector car personnel ... rail inspections, etc., to assure proper equipment operation, maximum life, and lowest cost

The average pay for a Railroad Car Inspector is $68,837 a year and $33 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Railroad Car Inspector is between $49,440 and $84,875. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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