Just below two-thirds of Locomotive Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $48K to $114K per year, but median earnings come to around $91K per year. Overall cash earnings for Locomotive Engineers stretch from $48K on the lower end to $114K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $12K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and experience level. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Locomotive Engineers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,408 - $116,787
$58K
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MEDIAN: $90,660
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$18.47 - $38.95
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,408 - $116,787  
   
Bonus
$2,447 - $10,365  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $11,920  
Total Pay (?
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$47,918 - $114,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.47 - $38.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$15.00  
Overtime
$26.31 - $60.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,447 - $10,365  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $11,920  
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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$47,918 - $114,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 99

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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

  • 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.
  • Operate the train according to all railroad rules and regulations.
  • Perform necessary minor repairs in order to keep the train running on time.

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Dominating the field, Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railway Company, CSX Corp, Norfolk Southern Corporation, and Canadian Pacific (CP) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Locomotive Engineers. Employees of Union Pacific Railroad can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $109K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $62K to $126K.

Pay by Experience Level for Locomotive Engineer

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $68K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $78K. Locomotive Engineers see a median salary of $85K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Locomotive Engineers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $84K.

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Key Stats for Locomotive Engineer

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Locomotive Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$80,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Locomotive Engineer Salaries

Locomotive Engineer
up arrow 11%

National Average
$80,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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