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South Western Railway is a train operator. They run train services across Greater London, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset and Berkshire.

What's the average pay for a train driver at South Western Railway?

The average pay for a driver at South Western Railway is between £53.2k and £74.3k per year.

The top paying employers for train and tram drivers are MTR, London North Eastern Railway and South Western Railway.

Last updated 3 March 2024

What is the Real Living Wage?

The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

Location Real Living Wage
London £13.15
Rest of the UK £12.00

What is the legal minimum wage?

The minimum wage is the legal minimum you must be paid per hour.

Age group Legal minimum wage
21 or older £11.44
18-20 £8.60
Under 18 £6.40
Apprentices £6.40

How we know this

Based on data from 17 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

Who pays train and tram drivers the most?

What are train and tram drivers saying about pay at South Western Railway?

  • Best thing

    Interacting with people
    No day is the same

    Worst thing



    South Western Railway Supervisor, August 2023

  • Best thing

    Pay quite well

    Worst thing

    Managers are so out of touch with the employees and understanding of the roles they're responsible for


    South Western Railway CSA, September 2022

  • Best thing

    Good pay, benefits

    Worst thing

    3 shift system, no account for elderley staff


    South Western Railway Employee, October 2021

  • Best thing

    Every day is fundamentally different, I work with varied people from different backgrounds. The pay is great, we get ample leave and a fantastic pension.

    We also get excellent travel benefits.

    Worst thing

    Late night weekends with drunk passengers.

    Shift work.


    South Western Railway Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    Pay & benefits

    Worst thing

    Incredibly toxic environment, management team completely out of touch with staff & constantly arguing among themselves. Staff wellbeing ignored, bullying rampant.


    South Western Railway Customer service advisor, May 2021

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