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Locomotive Engineer Salary

Just under three-fifths of Locomotive Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $47K to $108K per year, but median earnings come to around $85K annually. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. Most Locomotive Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a large number. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$58,515 - $111,468
(Median)
$59K
$85K
$110K
MEDIAN: $84,764
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90%

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$19.07 - $39.20
(Median)
$19
$25
$39
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,515 - $111,468  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,381  
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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$47,177 - $108,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.07 - $39.20  
   
Overtime
$26.68 - $59.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,381  
   
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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$47,177 - $108,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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 offers the best pay with a median salary of $100K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $71K and maxing out at just $121K.

Pay by Experience Level for Locomotive Engineer

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $72K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $79K. For Locomotive Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $83K. Locomotive Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Locomotive Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$80,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
37%
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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