Locomotive Engineer Salary

With around three in five of Locomotive Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Locomotive Engineers is $87K per year and can range from $48K on the lower end to $113K per year near the higher end. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Locomotive Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to most. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$58,113 - $114,809
(Median)
$58K
$87K
$110K
MEDIAN: $87,126
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$18.61 - $39.90
(Median)
$19
$24
$40
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,113 - $114,809  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,921  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$47,661 - $112,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 203
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.61 - $39.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$15.00  
Overtime
$27.68 - $59.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,921  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$47,661 - $112,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 106
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Job Description for Locomotive Engineer

A locomotive engineer is in charge of safely and efficiently operating a the locomotive car, which provides the forward motion, speed and steering control for the entire train. Locomotives are typically associated with freight trains that operate across older non-electric, non-magnetic rail lines, although many passenger lines in the United States still use locomotive cars. The engineer essentially drives the train from the locomotive, helping ensure that controls for speed and braking are properly applied and that the the train is properly switched from track to track as necessary. Because trains operate on tracks, the engineer's steering is typically related to speed control and awareness of how the train's weight and mass affect its momentum.

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Locomotive Engineer Tasks

  • 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 $103K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $120K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $82K.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $91K, CSX Corp still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $78K, the lowest in the field.

Pay by Experience Level for Locomotive Engineer

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $67K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $80K. Locomotive Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $87K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $86K on average.

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Experience Affects Locomotive Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$81,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 83%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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