Locomotive Engineer Salary

Slightly less than two-thirds of Locomotive Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $48K to $115K per year, and the average comes out to $92K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. The majority of Locomotive Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,945 - $116,563
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MEDIAN: $91,989
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$18.19 - $40.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,945 - $116,563  
   
Bonus
$2,250 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$47,641 - $115,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$18.19 - $40.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$15.00  
Overtime
$24.30 - $61.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,250 - $10,174  
   
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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$47,641 - $115,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 102

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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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Locomotive Engineers, BNSF Railway Company, Union Pacific Railroad, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Canadian Pacific (CP), and CSX Corp are leading firms in the industry. Union Pacific Railroad offers the largest salaries in town ($109K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $61K to $128K.

Pay by Experience Level for Locomotive Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Locomotive Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Locomotive Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 61 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Locomotive Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Locomotive Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 121 salaries. A Locomotive Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 59 salaries.

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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 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Locomotive Engineer Salaries

▲7%

Late-Career
▲4%

National Average
$82,000

Mid-Career
▼8%

Entry-Level
▼18%

Skills That Affect Locomotive Engineer Salaries

National Average
$82,000

Locomotive Engineer
▼1%

Safety Compliance
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
no benefits
None: 3%
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