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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Locomotive Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$45,260
25th Percentile Wage
$53,060
50th Percentile Wage
$60,990
75th Percentile Wage
$79,900
90th Percentile Wage
$95,540

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 $95,540. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $60,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $45,260. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 111% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of locomotive engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$60,990
5.44% 14.28%
2016
$57,670
2.48% -
2015
$56,240
3.09% -
2014
$54,500
2.18% -
2013
$53,310
1.93% -
2012
$52,280
- -

Table 2. Locomotive Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of locomotive engineers in 7 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for locomotive engineers occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $61,250. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $29,860).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$61,250
Manufacturing
$58,250
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$55,440
Wholesale Trade
$54,990
Federal, State, and Local Government
$51,110
Mining
$48,420
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$29,860

Table 3. 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 $43,650 to $86,480. The highest paying state for locomotive engineers is Washington with a median annual salary of $86,480. The lowest paying state is Colorado with a median annual salary of $43,650. For more salary information of locomotive engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$86,480
District of Columbia
$82,250
Delaware
$81,640
New Mexico
$80,600
Wyoming
$80,440
California
$79,480
South Dakota
$76,960
New York
$74,040
New Jersey
$70,800
Illinois
$68,730
Michigan
$65,580
Missouri
$64,850
Mississippi
$64,730
Virginia
$63,140
Maine
$63,100
Pennsylvania
$62,710
Maryland
$62,550
Iowa
$62,300
Wisconsin
$62,080
Alabama
$61,940
New Hampshire
$61,440
Tennessee
$61,410
Massachusetts
$61,230
Minnesota
$61,120
Kansas
$60,770
Louisiana
$59,800
Nebraska
$59,800
Arizona
$59,680
Florida
$59,560
Ohio
$58,610
Montana
$58,610
Nevada
$58,250
North Carolina
$58,190
South Carolina
$58,030
Georgia
$57,570
West Virginia
$57,500
Indiana
$57,380
Oregon
$57,310
Idaho
$57,310
Arkansas
$54,800
Kentucky
$54,250
Utah
$54,010
Texas
$53,750
Oklahoma
$47,380
Vermont
$46,980
Colorado
$43,650



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