Railroad companies desperate for workers offer hiring bonuses up to $25,000

FORT WORTH, Texas -- BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Corp. are desperate for talented workers and are offering bonuses of up to $25,000 to fill jobs in some cases.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the railways are hauling more products across the Western U.S. and are trying to ease congestion in high-demand areas.

A shortage of space in semitrucks is sending more shipments onto freight trains.

Union Pacific said it was offering hiring incentives of $10,000 to $20,000 for train crews in certain cities such as Denver; Kansas City, Missouri; and North Platte, Nebraska.

The Journal reports those jobs pay about $40,000 the first year and $60,000 the second.

Electricians were being offered a signing bonus of up to $25,000 at certain Union Pacific locations, including Hinkle, Oregon.

BNSF said it was offering $10,000 to $15,000 hiring bonuses to mechanical employees who maintain diesel locomotives and rail cars at locations such as Alliance, Nebraska.

“We are constantly evaluating the market and will use this approach when it makes sense to recruit talented individuals for hard to fill positions or locations,” spokeswoman Amy Casas told the Journal.

Job listings by company: BNSF Railway | Union-Pacific Corp.