What Is A Train Driver’s Salary? Here’s How Much They Earn And How You Become A Train Driver


AS rail fares look set to rise again we take a look at where some of that money goes.

Here’s what you need to know about how much train drivers earn and how to become one.

Train drivers can earn upwards of £60k depending on experience

How much to train drivers earn?

Salaries for train drivers very depending on which company they work for and experience.

The average base pay for a driver in the UK £47,705 per year according to Glassdoor.

But the pay can range from as low as £17,000 a year all the way up to £63,000.

Here are the average base salaries by company for some of the main firms:

Great Western Railway: £50,997 Southeastern Railway: £48,943 London Underground: £49,718 Arriva Group: £51,781 Govia Thameslink Railway: £51,000 London Overground Rail Operations: £56,476 Southern Railway: £51,000 Virgin Trains: Between £59,000 and £63,000 South Western Railway: Between £48,000 and £52,000

How do you become a train driver?

To become a train driver you need to apply for a training programme with an operating company.

Normally you will need to be over 20 years old to work on the national rail network or over 18 for the Tube. You will also need to live within one hour of the area you are applying to work in.

Some employers may expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent in English and maths.

To be accepted for training, you’ll need to pass a medical check which will include eyesight, colour vision and hearing.

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