Locomotive Engineer Salary

Close to 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. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact 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 snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$55,082 - $114,354
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$91K
$110K
MEDIAN: $90,503
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$17.90 - $39.19
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$0$114K
Salary $55,082 - $114,354
Bonus $1,014 - $11,836
Profit Sharing $4,500
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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$47,065 - $113,260
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 144
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $17.90 - $39.19
Overtime $24.60 - $59.19
Annual Data $0$113K
Bonus $1,014 - $11,836
Profit Sharing $4,500
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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$47,065 - $113,260
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 106

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.

Locomotive Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Locomotive Engineer


BNSF Railway Company, Union Pacific Railroad, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Canadian Pacific (CP), and CSX Corp are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Locomotive Engineers. Although Union Pacific Railroad leads the field in pay with a median salary of $109K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $61K on the low end all the way up to $128K at the top.

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.

Locomotive Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Locomotive Engineer?

Locomotive Engineer in Indian:
"Engineer experience at CP."
Pros: I love the people n the job ...great place to work..
Cons: The late call u receive for work.

Locomotive Engineer in Enid:
"How extremely boring & monotimous it can be."
Be ready for long hours.

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Key Stats for Locomotive Engineer

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Locomotive Engineer Salaries

▲9%

Late-Career
▲6%

National Average
$80,000

Mid-Career
▼7%

Entry-Level
▼17%

Skills That Affect Locomotive Engineer Salaries

Locomotive Engineer
▼0%

National Average
$80,000

Safety Compliance
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 4%