Salary for Locomotive Engineers

Also known as:  Freight Engineer, Railroad Engineer, Railway Engineer, Train Engineer

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Locomotive engineers mainly drive steam, electric, diesel-electric or gas-turbine-electric locomotives in order to transport passengers. This job is not usually dangerous, but it does sometimes require that workers lift heavy objects. This position might require a high school diploma. Once hired, a new employee will need up to one month of formal training before beginning work.

A Locomotive Engineer can expect a compensation of around 40000 to 60000 based on experience and education levels. Locomotive Engineers get a salary of Fifty Thousand Nine Hundred dollars each year.

Locomotive Engineers can expect the highest salaries in New Mexico, where they can earn pay of approximating $90780. Employees who work in this career can expect the highest salaries in Public Administration, which has average wages of $50920.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone down since 2004. Salaries have decreased by an average of 6.93 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Locomotive Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Transportation and Warehousing
$50,920
Public Administration
$49,410
Manufacturing
$46,010

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Manufacturing
$46,010
Public Administration
$49,410
Transportation and Warehousing
$50,920