Locomotive Engineer Salary

With slightly less than three-fifths of Locomotive Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $48K to $109K per year and averages out to $85K per year. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$59,334 - $111,932
(Median)
$59K
$85K
$110K
MEDIAN: $84,816
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$18.91 - $39.79
(Median)
$19
$25
$40
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,334 - $111,932  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,437  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
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$47,522 - $109,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 164
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.91 - $39.79  
   
Overtime
$27.95 - $60.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,437  
   
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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$47,522 - $109,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $73K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. On average, Locomotive Engineers make $83K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Locomotive Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$80,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

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: 5%
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