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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Locomotive Engineer and Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$76,950
75th Percentile Wage
$61,690
50th Percentile Wage
$53,400
25th Percentile Wage
$44,440
10th Percentile Wage
$38,380

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 $76,950. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,400. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,380. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 100% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Average Salary of Locomotive Engineers and Operators vs. Related Jobs

Table 3. Locomotive Engineer and Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of locomotive engineers and operators in 5 major industry sectors are shown in Table 3. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for locomotive engineers and operators occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $65,440. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $52,750).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$65,440
Mining
$53,510
Transportation and Warehousing
$53,340
Manufacturing
$52,940
Wholesale Trade
$52,750

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