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Traffic Control Operator Salary

$44,236 (USD)

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Last updated: June 25, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Traffic Control Operator is $44,236 a year and $21 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Traffic Control Operator is between $32,941 and $53,643. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Traffic Control Operator. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Job Summary

  • Coordinates railroad traffic on specified section of line from ctc (centralized-traffic-control) unit that electrically activates track switches and signals: reads train orders and schedules to familiarize self with scheduled runs, destination of trains, times of arrivals and departures, and priority of trains.
  • Monitors ctc panelboard that indicates location of trains by lights that illuminate as train passes specified positions on run.
  • Operates controls to activate track switches and traffic signals.
  • Reroutes trains or signals locomotive engineer to stop train or change speed according to traffic conditions.
  • Talks by telephone with crewmembers to relay changes in train orders and schedules, and to receive notification of emergency stops, delays, or accidents.
  • Records time each train reaches specified point, time messages are given or received, and name of person giving or receiving message.
  • May chart train movements on graph to estimate arrival times at specified points.
  • May operate teletypewriter to transmit messages to freight offices or other points along line.
Traffic Control Operator Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance

Job family population: 198,520

Estimated population of Traffic Control Operator jobs: 3,202

Rate of error: 1.2%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



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Description: The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles (10.1 million km2). With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Forty...

Traffic Control Operator Job Listings for United States

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Jun 7
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Kudzu Staffing
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Midvale, UT, USA
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