how much a controller actually earns during his career and after retirement

The pay issue is among the demands of SNCF controllers who will strike this weekend. At the beginning of the career, the average salary is 2300 euros gross per month. He reaches 4,400 euros gross per month at the end of his career.

How much do SNCF controllers really earn? Let's develop a career. Once employed, the gross annual salary of an ASCT (agent for commercial train services) is €28,000 per year, paid over 12 months: this averages around €2,300 gross per month, with differences of €400 depending on the lines.

A controller with some experience, but less than 25 years, will earn 2,900 euros gross per month at TER, and 3,750 euros at TGV, even more than 12 months and bonuses included.

At the end of his career, an ASCT earns around €4,400 gross including bonuses, before retiring with €2,500 gross per month. As the career progresses, these fees are higher compared to the average French salary. The pension is 700 euros higher than the average French pension. But the difference between the last salary and the pension is greater than with the French.

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Several bonuses considered for retirement

We must be careful with the idea that bonuses are not taken into account when calculating the pension. Because it is a lie for young people who are employed, starting in 2020, on an ordinary contract. When calculating their pension, 100% of their income is taken into account.

As for the status of railway workers, that is not entirely true either. Several bonuses are taken into account, including a “work” bonus. According to the SNCF pension fund, only 15% of railway workers' income is excluded from the calculation of the pension, calculated in the return during the last six months of work.

Since the end of 2022, captains have benefited from two improvements. There is especially the integration of the new supplement into the work bonus. There are also improvements in career prospects, housing benefits and employment. So it's nothing.

The most complicated topic remains: the improvement of working conditions, especially safety, which is advocated more by the collective of controllers than by the unions, which place more emphasis on wages.

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