Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 3,800 people employed as transit and railroad police in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $72,600.
Entry level employees earn approximately $44,520 per year and senior employees earn approximately $99,050
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- Provide training to the public or law enforcement personnel in railroad safety or security.
- Plan or implement special safety or preventive programs, such as fire or accident prevention.
- Direct or coordinate the daily activities or training of security staff.
- Record and verify seal numbers from boxcars containing frequently pilfered items, such as cigarettes or liquor, to detect tampering.
- Interview neighbors, associates, or former employers of job applicants to verify personal references or to obtain work history data.
- Seal empty boxcars by twisting nails in door hasps, using nail twisters.
- Direct security activities at derailments, fires, floods, or strikes involving railroad property.
- Patrol railroad yards, cars, stations, or other facilities to protect company property or shipments and to maintain order.
- Investigate or direct investigations of freight theft, suspicious damage or loss of passengers' valuables, or other crimes on railroad property.
- Examine credentials of unauthorized persons attempting to enter secured areas.
- Enforce traffic laws regarding the transit system and reprimand individuals who violate them.
- Prepare reports documenting investigation activities and results.
- Monitor transit areas and conduct security checks to protect railroad properties, patrons, and employees.
- Apprehend or remove trespassers or thieves from railroad property or coordinate with law enforcement agencies in apprehensions and removals.