Locomotive Engineer Salary

With slightly less than 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 $85K per year and can range from $48K on the lower end to $109K per year near the higher end. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Locomotive Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,251 - $111,769
(Median)
$59K
$85K
$110K
MEDIAN: $84,816
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$18.91 - $39.79
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$19
$25
$40
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,251 - $111,769  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,437  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
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$48,096 - $109,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.91 - $39.79  
   
Overtime
$27.95 - $60.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,437  
   
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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$48,096 - $109,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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


Salary cannot be beat at BNSF Railway Company, where median pay comes to $100K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $71K, and the higher end is not far away at $121K.

Pay by Experience Level for Locomotive Engineer

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $72K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $81K. On average, Locomotive Engineers make $83K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $82K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Locomotive Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$80,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 86% employee benefits None: 4%
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