Training pay

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Re: Training pay

Post by jefferyc22 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:59 am

Bump for update. I start classroom training on monday for UP train crew. What is the pay? Supposedly we get a $1000 stipend. My class is 120 miles from home so I bought a cheap motorhome to stay in during the 4 weeks......
Hotel : $75 a day X 30 days = $2,250 ! thanks

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Re: Training pay

Post by NewGuy2013 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:56 pm

I just hired on in January for Roseville service unit (Northern Cali down to Bakersfield). Initial classroom training pay is $10/hr, and even if you're there longer you're only getting paid for 8 hours a day, M-F for a whole month. If you're training is more than 45 miles from your hire location you'll get something like $1300 or $1350 stipend to pay for the hotel.

After classroom you'll go into OJT and make 85% of whatever the job pays. So somewhere between $165 and $210 a day depending on the specific job you work.

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Re: Training pay

Post by DeAngelisRjr » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:46 pm

so i have my own delema. I am on the east coast and will have to move for this. Do you get room and board money during ojt? i am going for the rawlins wyoming position. training is in cheyanne. when would i have to get a place out in rawlins? money is tight and bills are high. really want to take the job but lot is at stake. i need all the info i can get.

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Re: Training pay

Post by JCB » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:39 pm

When I went to a BNSF hiring session in July they told us they had upped the training pay to $194 a day

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Re: Training pay

Post by Engineer Spike » Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:50 pm

Usually if they send you away from the terminal for training, then the company picks up the tab. I initially hired out over 20 years ago. My job was in the midwest, and I’m from New England. I did need to set up a home near my terminal. They sent me to Kansas for training, and the company paid for that lodging, and a food stipend.

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Re: Training pay

Post by brim0628 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:11 pm

Figured I'd post just in case someone happened to stumble across it. I just started for BNSF as conductor. Chicago division. Pay is $188/day. Training is 15 weeks, 48 hours per week. So far we have worked 8am to 5pm with hour lunch. We are supposedly drawing seniority "numbers'' somewhere around week 7 or 8 i think. Apparently there are a few other conductor classes that started the same day as we did. So we were told there will be a "conference call" to do a double blind number draw. One drawing to figure out the order that you will "draw" your real seniority number.

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