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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Locomotive Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
37,110 8.2 % $ 33.97 $ 70,660 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Locomotive Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 20.95 $ 26.90 $ 34.55 $ 40.73 $ 46.84
Annual Wage (2) $ 43,580 $ 55,960 $ 71,870 $ 84,720 $ 97,430


Industry profile for Locomotive Engineers: Top

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 35,690 16.70 $ 34.09 $ 70,920
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 460 0.01 $ 31.58 $ 65,680
Urban Transit Systems 270 0.65 $ 33.51 $ 69,700
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 200 0.61 $ 26.38 $ 54,870
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 70 0.00 $ 46.38 $ 96,480

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 35,690 16.70 $ 34.09 $ 70,920
Urban Transit Systems 270 0.65 $ 33.51 $ 69,700
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 60 0.65 $ 20.09 $ 41,780
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 200 0.61 $ 26.38 $ 54,870
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 50 0.06 $ 37.36 $ 77,700

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) 70 (7) $ 46.38 $ 96,480
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 50 0.06 $ 37.36 $ 77,700
Rail Transportation 35,690 16.70 $ 34.09 $ 70,920
Urban Transit Systems 270 0.65 $ 33.51 $ 69,700
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 460 0.01 $ 31.58 $ 65,680


Geographic profile for Locomotive Engineers: Top

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.





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)
California 1,900 0.12 0.43 $ 37.73 $ 78,470
Pennsylvania 1,300 0.24 0.88 $ 34.48 $ 71,720
Florida 1,210 0.14 0.54 $ 32.33 $ 67,240
New Jersey 1,130 0.30 1.12 $ 34.14 $ 71,010
Missouri 1,120 0.42 1.57 $ 37.08 $ 77,120




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 620 2.37 8.89 $ 34.42 $ 71,600
Montana 920 2.01 7.54 $ 37.69 $ 78,390
Arkansas 720 0.61 2.30 $ 35.05 $ 72,900
Iowa 860 0.58 2.19 $ 33.34 $ 69,340
West Virginia 340 0.52 1.93 $ 29.34 $ 61,030




Top paying states for Locomotive Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska (8) (8) (8) $ 37.74 $ 78,510
California 1,900 0.12 0.43 $ 37.73 $ 78,470
Montana 920 2.01 7.54 $ 37.69 $ 78,390
Minnesota 510 0.19 0.71 $ 37.10 $ 77,170
Missouri 1,120 0.42 1.57 $ 37.08 $ 77,120





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 230 0.03 0.10 $ 35.99 $ 74,850




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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 230 0.03 0.10 $ 35.99 $ 74,850




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)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (8) (8) (8) $ 47.39 $ 98,580
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 230 0.03 0.10 $ 35.99 $ 74,850


About May 2020 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021