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Road Freight Firer Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$72,613 (USD)

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Last updated: May 23, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Road Freight Firer is $72,613 a year and $35 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Road Freight Firer is between $52,079 and $89,605. 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

  • Monitors locomotive instruments and watches for dragging equipment, obstacles on right-of-way, and train signals during run: inventories supplies, such as fuel, water, and sand, to ensure safe, efficient operation during run.
  • Inspects locomotive to detect damaged or worn parts.
  • Observes oil, temperature, and pressure gauges on dashboard to ascertain if engine is operating safely and efficiently.
  • Observes track from left side of locomotive to detect obstructions on tracks.
  • Observes train signals along route and verifies their meaning for locomotive engineer.
  • Observes train as it goes around curves to detect dragging equipment and smoking journal boxes.
  • Observes signals from workers in rear of train and relays information to locomotive engineer.
  • Signals yard coupler to set handbrakes on cars and to throw track switches when switching cars from train at way stations.
  • Operates locomotive during emergency.
  • May start diesel engine to warm engine before run.
  • May be designated according to kind of locomotive as firer, diesel locomotive; firer, electric locomotive; or according to type of traffic as road-freight firer; road-passenger firer.
Road Freight Firer Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Locomotive Firers

Job family population: 670

Estimated population of Road Freight Firer jobs: 639

Rate of error: 12.6%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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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...

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