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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Locomotive Engineers
Industry profile for Locomotive Engineers
Geographic profile for Locomotive Engineers

National estimates for Locomotive Engineers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Locomotive Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
38,980 1.3 % $ 35.07 $ 72,940 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Locomotive Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.45 $ 30.01 $ 38.34 $ 39.45 $ 40.44
Annual Wage (2) $ 48,780 $ 62,410 $ 79,740 $ 82,050 $ 84,120


Industry profile for Locomotive Engineers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Locomotive Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 37,480 17.05 $ 35.33 $ 73,490
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 400 1.22 $ 22.42 $ 46,640
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 160 0.00 $ 36.53 $ 75,980
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 110 0.00 $ 40.94 $ 85,150
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 60 0.82 $ 20.01 $ 41,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Locomotive Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 37,480 17.05 $ 35.33 $ 73,490
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 400 1.22 $ 22.42 $ 46,640
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 60 0.82 $ 20.01 $ 41,630
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 50 0.06 $ 35.36 $ 73,550
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 30 0.05 $ 38.16 $ 79,370

Top paying industries for Locomotive Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 110 (7) $ 40.94 $ 85,150
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 30 0.05 $ 38.16 $ 79,370
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 160 (7) $ 36.53 $ 75,980
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 50 0.06 $ 35.36 $ 73,550
Rail Transportation 37,480 17.05 $ 35.33 $ 73,490


Geographic profile for Locomotive Engineers:

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



Map of employment of locomotive engineers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Locomotive Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 5,470 0.45 1.62 $ 36.60 $ 76,120
New York 2,420 0.28 1.01 $ 34.15 $ 71,040
California 1,940 0.12 0.42 $ 36.88 $ 76,710
Pennsylvania 1,800 0.32 1.16 $ 29.93 $ 62,250
Georgia 1,540 0.35 1.27 $ 36.69 $ 76,320


Map of location quotient of locomotive engineers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Locomotive Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 570 2.19 7.91 $ 40.28 $ 83,780
Nebraska 880 0.92 3.32 $ 37.41 $ 77,810
Kansas 1,220 0.91 3.29 $ 35.10 $ 73,010
Montana 370 0.78 2.81 $ 37.40 $ 77,790
Arkansas 830 0.69 2.51 $ 35.40 $ 73,630


Map of annual mean wages of locomotive engineers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Locomotive Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,320 0.41 1.49 $ 41.71 $ 86,750
Wyoming 570 2.19 7.91 $ 40.28 $ 83,780
North Dakota 260 0.66 2.38 $ 39.49 $ 82,140
Missouri 1,040 0.38 1.38 $ 39.10 $ 81,340
North Carolina 530 0.12 0.44 $ 37.86 $ 78,750



Map of employment of locomotive engineers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Locomotive Engineers:

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 170 0.02 0.07 $ 34.56 $ 71,880
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 60 0.02 0.08 $ 20.71 $ 43,070
Stockton-Lodi, CA 30 0.14 0.49 $ 30.90 $ 64,270
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 30 0.02 0.07 $ 20.15 $ 41,910


Map of location quotient of locomotive engineers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Locomotive Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Stockton-Lodi, CA 30 0.14 0.49 $ 30.90 $ 64,270
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 60 0.02 0.08 $ 20.71 $ 43,070
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 170 0.02 0.07 $ 34.56 $ 71,880
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 30 0.02 0.07 $ 20.15 $ 41,910


Map of annual mean wages of locomotive engineers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Locomotive Engineers:

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 170 0.02 0.07 $ 34.56 $ 71,880
Stockton-Lodi, CA 30 0.14 0.49 $ 30.90 $ 64,270
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 60 0.02 0.08 $ 20.71 $ 43,070
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 30 0.02 0.07 $ 20.15 $ 41,910


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022