Locomotive engineer earnings by seniority

90th percentile

Top-level locomotive engineer earnings begin at:

$40.44 per hour

$84,120 per year

75th percentile

Senior-level locomotive engineer earnings begin at:

$39.45 per hour

$82,050 per year

50th percentile

Mid-level locomotive engineer earnings begin at:

$38.34 per hour

$79,740 per year

25th percentile

Junior-level locomotive engineer earnings begin at:

$30.01 per hour

$62,410 per year

10th percentile

Starting level locomotive engineer earnings begin at:

$23.45 per hour

$48,780 per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Locomotive engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Delaware $84,870
Arkansas $81,910
Kansas $81,910
Missouri $81,910
Oregon $81,910
Texas $81,910
Wisconsin $81,880
Nebraska $81,860
Wyoming $81,860
California $81,820
Ohio $81,680
Minnesota $81,530
Colorado $81,240
Virginia $80,980
New Mexico $80,740
South Dakota $80,130
Montana $80,070
Idaho $79,600
Oklahoma $79,580
Georgia $79,070
Kentucky $78,820
North Dakota $78,670
North Carolina $77,240
West Virginia $75,930
Tennessee $73,600
Washington $73,300
Iowa $71,690
Illinois $71,557
New York $64,220
Maryland $63,960
Indiana $63,840
Pennsylvania $63,310
New Jersey $63,190
Maine $63,100
Massachusetts $63,030
Florida $62,790
Mississippi $59,950
Louisiana $59,800
Nevada $58,250
Utah $55,960
Alabama $51,590
South Carolina $49,620
Arizona $49,100
Michigan $48,760
New Hampshire $47,260

How do locomotive engineer salaries compare to similar careers?

Locomotive engineers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than agricultural engineers but more than aircraft mechanics.

Career Median Salary
Agricultural engineer salary $83K
Customs broker salary $75K
Logistician salary $77K
Freight and cargo inspector salary $80K
Aviation inspector salary $80K
Locomotive engineer salary $80K
Power engineer salary $64K
Avionics technician salary $69K
Transit police officer salary $65K
Aircraft mechanic salary $65K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)