Locomotive Engineer Salary

Locomotive Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent roughly three in five of Locomotive Engineers. Salaries average out to around $87K annually and spread from $48K to $113K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Locomotive Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a large number. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,113 - $114,809
(Median)
$58K
$87K
$110K
MEDIAN: $87,126
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90%

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$18.61 - $39.90
(Median)
$19
$24
$40
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,113 - $114,809  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,921  
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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$47,661 - $112,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 203
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.61 - $39.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$15.00  
Overtime
$27.68 - $59.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,921  
   
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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$47,661 - $112,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 106
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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

  • 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 $103K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $82K and maxing out at just $120K.

Bringing up the rear, CSX Corp's median pay of $78K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $91K.

Pay by Experience Level for Locomotive Engineer

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $67K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. For Locomotive Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $87K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $86K 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 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$81,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 83%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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