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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,420
25th Percentile Wage
$47,660
50th Percentile Wage
$57,130
75th Percentile Wage
$67,800
90th Percentile Wage
$86,780

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 $86,780. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $57,130. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,420. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 114% 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 and operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201657,1303.68%10.97%
201555,0302.96%-
201453,4003.15%-
201351,7201.66%-
201250,860--

Table 2. 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 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 $57,320. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $46,520).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$57,320
Mining
$56,020
Manufacturing
$55,540
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$55,320
Federal, State, and Local Government
$46,520


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