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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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. Excludes “Engineers” (17-2011 through 17-2199).


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)
35,520 7.5 % $34.41 $71,570 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.69 $27.38 $32.26 $42.56 $48.59
Annual Wage (2) $47,190 $56,950 $67,090 $88,530 $101,060


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 33,850 14.47 $34.67 $72,110
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 630 0.01 $31.05 $64,580
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 380 1.05 $26.37 $54,840
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 70 0.00 $42.29 $87,960
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 60 0.43 $18.72 $38,930

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 33,850 14.47 $34.67 $72,110
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 380 1.05 $26.37 $54,840
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 60 0.43 $18.72 $38,930
Amusement Parks and Arcades 40 0.02 $22.13 $46,020
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 630 0.01 $31.05 $64,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 70 (7) $42.29 $87,960
Rail Transportation 33,850 14.47 $34.67 $72,110
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 630 0.01 $31.05 $64,580
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 (7) $26.83 $55,810
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 380 1.05 $26.37 $54,840


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)
Illinois 1,940 0.32 1.33 $35.73 $74,330
California 1,770 0.10 0.42 $40.74 $84,740
Texas 1,760 0.14 0.59 $34.56 $71,880
Pennsylvania 1,700 0.29 1.19 $35.92 $74,700
New York 1,650 0.17 0.72 $38.61 $80,310




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)
Wyoming 560 2.05 8.50 $40.23 $83,670
Iowa 1,200 0.77 3.20 $34.05 $70,830
South Dakota 220 0.52 2.15 $34.30 $71,340
Missouri 1,350 0.48 1.98 $37.34 $77,660
West Virginia 330 0.47 1.94 $26.87 $55,880




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 190 0.14 0.57 $47.85 $99,520
Washington 410 0.12 0.51 $42.84 $89,100
California 1,770 0.10 0.42 $40.74 $84,740
Wyoming 560 2.05 8.50 $40.23 $83,670
New York 1,650 0.17 0.72 $38.61 $80,310





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 610 0.06 0.26 $30.14 $62,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 440 0.14 0.57 $39.10 $81,330
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 370 0.18 0.76 $43.97 $91,470
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 220 0.18 0.75 $30.31 $63,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 220 0.03 0.14 $26.91 $55,980




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 370 0.18 0.76 $43.97 $91,470
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 220 0.18 0.75 $30.31 $63,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 440 0.14 0.57 $39.10 $81,330
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 610 0.06 0.26 $30.14 $62,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 220 0.03 0.14 $26.91 $55,980




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 370 0.18 0.76 $43.97 $91,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 440 0.14 0.57 $39.10 $81,330
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 220 0.18 0.75 $30.31 $63,030
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 610 0.06 0.26 $30.14 $62,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 220 0.03 0.14 $26.91 $55,980


About May 2019 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 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.

(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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020