Locomotive Engineer Salary

locomotive-engineer-salary-chart-template.jpgLocomotive engineers are responsible for operating locomotives that transport freight and/or passengers. They can operate different engine types, including steam, gas-turbine-electric, diesel-electric, and electric. They also manage train orders and follow railroad rules and regulations. They also interpret manual/electronic signals.

Salary

The average salary of locomotive engineers is $54,830 annually. The bottom 10% of locomotive engineers earns at most $37,520 yearly. The top 10% earns at least $80,030 a year. The median salary they earn is $52,280 yearly.

The best industries for employment are rail transportation (36,190 employed; $54,900 average); local government (370 employed; $57,560); and support activities for rail transportation (70 employed; $42,250). The top paying industry is rail transportation.

The top three paying states are Maryland ($74,990), Wyoming ($70,180), and West Virginia ($68,680).

Job Outlook

The employment of locomotive engineers is expected to decrease by 4% between 2012 and 2022.

Locomotive Engineer Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $40,570 $46,800 $61,510 $49,470
Arizona $41,520 $56,080 $94,450 $63,210
Arkansas $38,010 $53,290 $59,750 $51,170
California $36,860 $47,090 $60,110 $47,830
Colorado $29,800 $44,530 $60,360 $45,400
Delaware $39,490 $57,180 $86,390 $59,400
Florida $49,120 $54,960 $60,800 $53,780
Georgia $48,120 $56,070 $71,840 $58,710
Idaho $37,070 $45,640 $58,550 $46,550
Indiana $35,680 $51,320 $91,350 $59,590
Iowa $46,170 $55,660 $73,920 $57,640
Kansas $40,050 $51,530 $70,810 $52,810
Louisiana $40,700 $56,460 $91,880 $61,670
Maine $39,820 $55,510 $73,200 $56,230
Maryland $49,510 $75,990 $106,110 $74,990
Massachusetts $41,360 $56,080 $83,140 $59,510
Michigan $45,360 $54,590 $66,320 $55,020
Minnesota $42,080 $52,120 $61,550 $52,500
Mississippi $46,980 $66,220 $91,250 $66,830
Missouri $41,630 $58,930 $75,550 $58,580
Montana $39,750 $53,350 $73,290 $53,800
Nebraska $40,020 $45,800 $60,140 $48,130
New Mexico $39,710 $62,780 $73,520 $57,740
New York $48,100 $60,260 $90,900 $66,120
North Carolina $40,090 $63,380 $73,900 $59,300
Ohio $36,230 $52,610 $93,250 $60,000
Oklahoma $49,320 $54,850 $60,630 $53,940
Oregon $37,150 $43,950 $72,860 $47,040
Pennsylvania $35,880 $46,840 $65,180 $48,300
South Carolina $41,150 $48,780 $61,380 $50,900
Tennessee $41,280 $57,380 $90,790 $61,850
Texas $29,940 $43,010 $59,330 $43,820
Virginia $39,660 $51,660 $66,910 $52,350
West Virginia $43,260 $64,490 $97,700 $68,680
Wisconsin $45,390 $55,890 $83,010 $59,440
Wyoming $41,860 $60,280 $111,720 $70,180