Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
39,900 7.9 % $29.34 $61,020 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.06 $23.38 $27.73 $32.79 $41.01
Annual Wage (2) $41,720 $48,640 $57,670 $68,200 $85,290


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 38,470 17.38 $29.54 $61,440
Local Government (OES Designation) 590 0.01 $22.96 $47,750
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 430 1.28 $23.80 $49,510
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 80 0.55 $17.08 $35,530
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 0.00 $26.04 $54,170

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 38,470 17.38 $29.54 $61,440
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 430 1.28 $23.80 $49,510
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 80 0.55 $17.08 $35,530
Local Government (OES Designation) 590 0.01 $22.96 $47,750
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 0.00 $26.04 $54,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 38,470 17.38 $29.54 $61,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 (7) $26.04 $54,170
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 430 1.28 $23.80 $49,510
Local Government (OES Designation) 590 0.01 $22.96 $47,750
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 80 0.55 $17.08 $35,530


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 5,350 0.46 1.60 $27.87 $57,960
Illinois 2,870 0.49 1.71 $31.96 $66,490
Indiana 2,070 0.69 2.43 $26.99 $56,140
Pennsylvania 1,930 0.34 1.18 $28.66 $59,620
New York 1,650 0.18 0.64 $30.91 $64,280




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)
Nebraska 1,010 1.05 3.69 $28.55 $59,380
New Mexico 580 0.72 2.52 $54.19 $112,720
Indiana 2,070 0.69 2.43 $26.99 $56,140
Arkansas 650 0.54 1.91 $28.87 $60,040
Missouri 1,420 0.52 1.81 $28.65 $59,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 580 0.72 2.52 $54.19 $112,720
Washington (8) (8) (8) $36.28 $75,450
Kentucky 710 0.38 1.34 $33.84 $70,380
Mississippi (8) (8) (8) $33.46 $69,590
New Jersey 800 0.20 0.71 $33.02 $68,680





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 370 0.13 0.44 $21.46 $44,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 0.41 $37.42 $77,830




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 370 0.13 0.44 $21.46 $44,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 0.41 $37.42 $77,830




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-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $37.47 $77,940
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 0.41 $37.42 $77,830
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX (8) (8) (8) $25.40 $52,840
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 370 0.13 0.44 $21.46 $44,630


About May 2016 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017