Locomotive Engineers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $48K to $115K per year, median earnings come to $92K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Locomotive Engineers is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$57,184 - $116,160
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MEDIAN: $92,464
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$18.25 - $40.07
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$57,184 - $116,160  
   
Bonus
$2,250 - $11,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$47,996 - $114,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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Hourly Rate
$18.25 - $40.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$15.00  
Overtime
$24.48 - $61.61  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,250 - $11,000  
   
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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$47,996 - $114,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Locomotive Engineer


Locomotive Engineers flock to BNSF Railway Company, Union Pacific Railroad, Norfolk Southern Corporation, CSX Corp, and Canadian Pacific (CP), highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Union Pacific Railroad does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $108K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $61K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $127K.

Pay by Experience Level for Locomotive Engineer

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $68K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $75K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $88K in this role. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $87K.

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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 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Locomotive Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$81,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Locomotive Engineer Salaries

National Average
$81,000

Locomotive Engineer
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Safety Compliance
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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