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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Locomotive Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,720
25th Percentile Wage
$48,640
50th Percentile Wage
$57,670
75th Percentile Wage
$68,200
90th Percentile Wage
$85,290

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 $85,290. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $57,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,720. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 104% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of locomotive engineers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201657,6702.48%9.35%
201556,2403.09%-
201454,5002.18%-
201353,3101.93%-
201252,280--

Table 2. Locomotive Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of locomotive engineers in 4 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 $57,880. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $45,460).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$57,880
Manufacturing
$57,800
Mining
$48,420
Federal, State, and Local Government
$45,460

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 $113,320. The highest paying state for locomotive engineers is New Mexico with a median annual salary of $113,320. 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
New Mexico
$113,320
New York
$66,450
Mississippi
$64,730
Wisconsin
$64,320
Maine
$63,100
Delaware
$62,200
Illinois
$61,910
Iowa
$61,880
Michigan
$60,550
Arizona
$60,420
Wyoming
$60,420
Louisiana
$59,800
Oregon
$59,790
Minnesota
$59,470
Alabama
$58,820
North Carolina
$58,310
Georgia
$57,570
Arkansas
$57,360
Missouri
$57,330
Florida
$57,170
Nebraska
$57,070
Pennsylvania
$57,070
Virginia
$56,960
Montana
$56,660
Tennessee
$56,250
West Virginia
$56,110
Idaho
$55,710
Texas
$55,080
Kansas
$53,330
Indiana
$53,170
South Dakota
$52,820
Maryland
$52,180
South Carolina
$50,800
Massachusetts
$50,570
California
$50,520
Ohio
$49,570
Oklahoma
$47,410
Colorado
$43,650


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