. This study is aimed to analyze the direct and indirect effect of educational level on employee performance through work motivation as an intervening variable at PT. Kereta Api (Persero) Regional Operations (DAOP) 3 Cirebon. The method used in this research is associative method and data collection technique used is the field research (observation, interview, questionnaire) and literature study. To determine the size of the sample, the study used the Slovin formula while to analyse data the researchers performed validity, reliability and classical assumption test (normality, multicollinearity, heteroscedasticity and autocorrelation test), path analysis, t hypothesis testing. The results of path analysis showed that the level of education directly impacted to employee performance and indirectly to work motivation (an intervening variable) and finally to employee performance. Due to the fact that the direct correlation coefficient is greater than the indirect correlation coefficient, it can be said that the true relationship is direct correlation.Keywords. Level of education; work motivation; job performance.