Locomotive Engineer Salary

Just under three-fifths of Locomotive Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $48K to $110K per year, but median earnings come to around $85K per year. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Locomotive Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$58,625 - $112,434

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$18.79 - $40.23

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,625 - $112,434  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,697  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
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$47,742 - $109,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$18.79 - $40.23  
   
Overtime
$27.62 - $60.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,697  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,742 - $109,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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Job Description for Locomotive Engineer

  • Operate the train according to all railroad rules and regulations.
  • Perform necessary minor repairs in order to keep the train running on time.
  • Work with conductors and groundsmen via radio to communicate information concerning schedules, stops, delays, or oncoming trains.
  • Observe tracks to detect obstructions or inoperable railroad switches.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Locomotive Engineer


Locomotive Engineers in search of the best pay head to BNSF Railway Company, where the median salary rolls in at $100K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $121K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $71K.

Pay by Experience Level for Locomotive Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $71K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $81K. For Locomotive Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $84K. For some reason, Locomotive Engineers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $82K.

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Experience Affects Locomotive Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$80,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 86% employee benefits None: 4%
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