Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
37,490 7.0 % $28.54 $59,360 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.47 $22.43 $27.04 $32.09 $39.57
Annual Wage (2) $40,490 $46,650 $56,240 $66,740 $82,310


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 35,860 16.67 $28.75 $59,800
Local Government (OES Designation) 590 0.01 $22.32 $46,420
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 500 1.50 $23.53 $48,940
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 80 0.59 $15.15 $31,520
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 60 0.06 (8) (8)

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 35,860 16.67 $28.75 $59,800
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 500 1.50 $23.53 $48,940
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 80 0.59 $15.15 $31,520
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 60 0.06 (8) (8)
Local Government (OES Designation) 590 0.01 $22.32 $46,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 35,860 16.67 $28.75 $59,800
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 (7) $25.65 $53,350
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 500 1.50 $23.53 $48,940
Local Government (OES Designation) 590 0.01 $22.32 $46,420
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 80 0.59 $15.15 $31,520


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 5,120 0.44 1.63 $27.44 $57,070
Illinois 2,820 0.48 1.77 $31.04 $64,570
Pennsylvania 1,940 0.34 1.25 $27.60 $57,410
Indiana 1,690 0.57 2.11 $28.27 $58,810
Ohio 1,640 0.31 1.14 $22.27 $46,330




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 1,030 1.08 3.99 $27.16 $56,500
New Mexico 580 0.73 2.67 (8) (8)
Indiana 1,690 0.57 2.11 $28.27 $58,810
Arkansas 660 0.56 2.06 $28.05 $58,350
Missouri 1,460 0.54 1.98 $26.86 $55,860




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington (8) (8) (8) $35.28 $73,390
Mississippi (8) (8) (8) $32.39 $67,370
Kentucky 810 0.44 1.62 $31.99 $66,540
New Jersey 820 0.21 0.77 $31.96 $66,470
Wisconsin 740 0.27 0.99 $31.74 $66,020





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)
Baton Rouge, LA 530 1.36 5.00 (8) (8)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 360 0.12 0.45 $21.09 $43,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 0.44 $36.38 $75,680
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.01 0.05 $27.05 $56,270




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)
Baton Rouge, LA 530 1.36 5.00 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 0.44 $36.38 $75,680
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 360 0.12 0.45 $21.09 $43,870
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.01 0.05 $27.05 $56,270




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) $36.43 $75,780
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 0.44 $36.38 $75,680
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.01 0.05 $27.05 $56,270
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 360 0.12 0.45 $21.09 $43,870


About May 2015 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016