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Locomotive Engineer Salary (United States)

Over one-half of Locomotive Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $46K to $107K per year, and the average comes out to $82K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the company and location are influential factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a large number get vision benefits. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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Locomotive Engineer Salary (?
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$51,110 - $109,693
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MEDIAN: $81,973
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Locomotive Engineer Salary (?
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$18.47 - $38.79
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,110 - $109,693  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,663  
Profit Sharing
$1,769 - $6,613  
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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$45,743 - $106,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.47 - $38.79  
   
Overtime
$24.16 - $59.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,663  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,769 - $6,613  
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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$45,743 - $106,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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.

Locomotive Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Locomotive Engineer

Heading up the field in terms of compensation, BNSF Railway Company offers the most; Locomotive Engineers earn $96K on average there.
CSX Corp offers the smallest salaries in town — $80K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $42K to $99K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

Pay by Experience Level for Locomotive Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Locomotive Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $62K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $77K. Locomotive Engineers see a median salary of $81K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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Houston
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National Average
$78,000
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For Locomotive Engineers, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate.
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Experience Affects Locomotive Engineer Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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National Average
$78,000
Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 86% employee benefits None: 6%