Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

53-4011 Locomotive Engineers

Drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas-turbine-electric locomotives to transport passengers or freight. Interpret train orders, electronic or manual signals, and railroad rules and regulations.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
37,060 6.2 % $26.36 $54,830 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.04 $21.08 $25.13 $29.30 $38.48
Annual Wage (2) $37,520 $43,850 $52,280 $60,950 $80,030


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 36,190 16.12 $26.40 $54,900
Local Government (OES Designation) 370 0.01 $27.67 $57,560
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 70 0.29 $20.31 $42,250
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $25.09 $52,190
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 30 0.30 $17.45 $36,300

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 36,190 16.12 $26.40 $54,900
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 30 0.30 $17.45 $36,300
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 70 0.29 $20.31 $42,250
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 30 0.04 $19.38 $40,320
Local Government (OES Designation) 370 0.01 $27.67 $57,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 370 0.01 $27.67 $57,560
Rail Transportation 36,190 16.12 $26.40 $54,900
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 (7) $25.09 $52,190
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 70 0.29 $20.31 $42,250
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 30 0.04 $19.38 $40,320


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 3,970 0.37 1.32 $21.07 $43,820
California 2,520 0.18 0.62 $23.00 $47,830
Illinois 2,430 0.43 1.52 (8) (8)
Missouri 1,740 0.67 2.34 $28.17 $58,580
Virginia 1,490 0.42 1.46 $25.17 $52,350




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 600 0.84 2.95 $33.02 $68,680
Kansas 1,070 0.81 2.85 $25.39 $52,810
Missouri 1,740 0.67 2.34 $28.17 $58,580
Arkansas 680 0.59 2.06 $24.60 $51,170
Idaho 290 0.48 1.68 $22.38 $46,550




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $36.05 $74,990
Wyoming (8) (8) (8) $33.74 $70,180
West Virginia 600 0.84 2.95 $33.02 $68,680
Mississippi 350 0.32 1.13 $32.13 $66,830
New York 1,270 0.15 0.52 $31.79 $66,120





Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area 30 0.53 1.85 $22.43 $46,660

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area 30 0.53 1.85 $22.43 $46,660

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area 30 0.53 1.85 $22.43 $46,660


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013