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Railroad companies reportedly offering signing bonuses up to $25,000

Union Pacific (David McNew/Getty Images)

A report from the Wall Street Journal that claims railroad companies are doling out massive signing bonuses to new hires "to fill jobs in a historically tight labor market" has gained a lot of attention on social media

According to the report, companies like Union Pacific and BNSF Railway are offering up to $25,000 in what they describe as "hiring incentives" to train crew members in certain cities.

Last week, Union Pacific shared the report, stating that the company offers up to $25,000 in hiring incentives to "help keep (its) 8,600 locomotives moving."

In comparison, the Wall Street Journal reported that BNSF Railway has hiring incentives that start at $15,000.

Individuals that work in or with the railroad industry told the Wall Street Journal the incentives are offered due to a shortage of talent and grueling work conditions, including an irregular schedule.

See job openings at Union Pacific and BNSF Railway.