Rail Inspectors ensure that railroads are safe and comply with federal laws, rules, and regulations. The main responsibilities of a Rail Inspector are to perform inspections and monitor the functionality of railroad tracks and structures to assure safety compliance with the Federal safety and health regulations among railroads, railroad employees, and contractors. Additionally, Rail Inspectors are responsible for reporting on accident investigations by writing detailed reports of findings and providing solutions to those findings. The average starting salary for a Rail Inspector is $75,330. While we encourage all levels of experience to apply, it is helpful to have a general knowledge of the railroad industry and the safety and health principles applicable to the industry.