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Railroad Car Inspector Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$73,448 (USD)

Average Salary

$35/hr

Average Hourly

$1,983

Average Bonus

Last updated: May 23, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Railroad Car Inspector is $73,448 a year and $35 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Railroad Car Inspector is between $52,752 and $90,561. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

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 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Transportation Inspectors

Job family population: 30,030

Estimated population of Railroad Car Inspector jobs: 2,426

Rate of error: 4.3%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
$85,147
5 Year Change:
16 %

Education

Education data not available for this job

Skills

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About Chicago, Illinois

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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450 (2017), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

Railroad Car Inspector Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

Assistant Rail Supervisor- Days
Apr 29
Chicago, IL, USA
Auto Warehousing Company
Inspect all inbound loaded rail cars for damage and report to Operations Supervisor * After rail crew unload ensure all chocks are properly stored * Ensure all door pins are seated after rail car ...
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