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Locomotive Engineer and Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of locomotive engineers and operators are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of locomotive engineers and operators in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of locomotive engineers and operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The locomotive engineers and operators 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 and Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,310
25th Percentile Wage
$51,590
50th Percentile Wage
$59,810
75th Percentile Wage
$77,550
90th Percentile Wage
$94,730

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for locomotive engineers and operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) locomotive engineers and operators is $94,730. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,810. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,310. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 123% 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 and operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$59,810
4.48% 14.96%
2016
$57,130
3.68% -
2015
$55,030
2.96% -
2014
$53,400
3.15% -
2013
$51,720
1.66% -
2012
$50,860
- -

Table 2. Locomotive Engineer and Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of locomotive engineers and operators 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 and operators occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $60,090. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $33,580).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$60,090
Mining
$58,110
Manufacturing
$55,510
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$55,320
Wholesale Trade
$52,750
Federal, State, and Local Government
$51,150
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$33,580



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