Avg. Base Salary (USD)
The average salary for a Locomotive Engineer is $98,129
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Locomotive Engineers?
An entry-level Locomotive Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $54,464 based on 9 salaries. An early career Locomotive Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $73,698 based on 32 salaries. A …Read more
What Do Locomotive Engineers Do?
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 …Read more
- 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.