Yard Clerk

Prepare switching orders for railroad yard switching crews.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $42,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Yard Clerks do?

Prepares switching orders for railroad yard switching crew: Types or writes switching orders to inform switching crew of railroad yard, location, disposition, and number of railroad cars to be switched for loading, unloading, makeup, and breakup of trains, based on information received from YARD MANAGER and other personnel or records. Keeps record of and reports movement and disposition of railroad cars for YARD MANAGER. May count and record number of cars remaining in yard each day. May telephone various personnel to verify location of railroad cars.

Should I be a Yard Clerk?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Chief Clerk, Yard Office, Yard Boss

    How to become a Yard Clerk

    Yard Clerks often have a Certificate or higher. Chart?chd=s:9ocoaa&chl=no+college+%2852%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|bachelor%27s+%2834%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,52,52
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