Locomotive Engineer Salary

With just under three-fifths 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 $83K annually and can range from $47K on the lower end to $108K per year near the higher end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and most earn vision coverage. The majority of Locomotive Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,711 - $110,770
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$53K
$83K
$110K
MEDIAN: $83,459
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$18.91 - $39.05
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$19
$24
$39
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$52,711 - $110,770  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,677  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
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$47,224 - $108,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.91 - $39.05  
   
Overtime
$27.15 - $59.82  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,677  
   
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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$47,224 - $108,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74

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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


BNSF Railway Company pays the most with a median salary of $98K, though there is little variation overall ($70K to $121K).

Pay by Experience Level for Locomotive Engineer

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


For Locomotive Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $67K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $80K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $83K. Locomotive Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Locomotive Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$80,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 88% employee benefits None: 5%