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Locomotive Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of locomotive engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of locomotive engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The locomotive engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Locomotive Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$77,600
75th Percentile Wage
$62,410
50th Percentile Wage
$54,500
25th Percentile Wage
$45,820
10th Percentile Wage
$39,580

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for locomotive engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) locomotive engineers is $77,600. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,500. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,580. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 96% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $54,500 2.23%
2013 $53,310 1.97%
2012 $52,280 5.87%
2011 $49,380 5.90%
2010 $46,630 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for locomotive engineers from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 16.88%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 1.97%. We also note that the average annual wage had a sizable growth of 5.87% in 2012 and a sizable growth of 5.90% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Locomotive Engineers vs. Related Jobs

Table 4. Locomotive Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of locomotive engineers in 4 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for locomotive engineers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $66,580. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $54,440).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$66,580
Manufacturing
$56,470
Wholesale Trade
$54,990
Transportation and Warehousing
$54,440

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Locomotive Engineers by States

From the above tables we note that not only locomotive engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of locomotive engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $37,200 to $80,520. The highest paying state for locomotive engineers is Washington with a median annual salary of $80,520. The lowest paying state is Oklahoma with a median annual salary of $37,200. For more salary information of locomotive engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$80,520
New York
$64,180
Delaware
$62,430
New Hampshire
$61,440
Kentucky
$58,990
Mississippi
$58,510
Arizona
$57,500
Iowa
$57,330
Massachusetts
$56,880
Illinois
$56,800
Wisconsin
$56,560
New Jersey
$56,490
Louisiana
$56,130
Maine
$56,120
Georgia
$56,100
Michigan
$56,070
Oregon
$55,660
Nevada
$55,440
Alabama
$55,230
Texas
$55,130
Pennsylvania
$54,840
Florida
$54,670
Minnesota
$54,450
Arkansas
$54,270
Nebraska
$54,030
Missouri
$53,740
Tennessee
$53,350
Montana
$52,820
Idaho
$52,730
Utah
$52,620
Virginia
$52,140
South Dakota
$51,730
Indiana
$51,490
North Carolina
$51,430
Kansas
$49,570
California
$49,540
West Virginia
$48,960
Vermont
$46,980
South Carolina
$46,900
Ohio
$44,770
Colorado
$42,710
Oklahoma
$37,200