Salary for Locomotive Engineers

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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 earn average salaries of between $43,580 and $97,430 based on experience and talent. can earn an average wage of seventy thousand six hundred and sixty dollars per year.

have the best average pay in Nebraska, where they can get compensation, on average, of close to $78,510. People in this category of job are paid at the highest average level in Transportation and Warehousing, where they receive normal pay levels of $70,760.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 29.28 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

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

Transportation and Warehousing
$70,760
Manufacturing
$70,010
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$69,040
Public Administration
$68,730
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$41,130

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$41,130
Public Administration
$68,730
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$69,040
Manufacturing
$70,010
Transportation and Warehousing
$70,760