Locomotive engineers & operators

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
45.1k
Average Age
45.8
Average Salary
$85,559
Average Male Salary
$86,091
Average Female Salary
$67,720

About

Locomotive engineers & operators are most often employed by the Rail transportation industry. The average yearly wage for Locomotive engineers & operators was $85,559 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Locomotive engineers & operators by wage are Budget analysts, Credit counselors & loan officers, and Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Locomotive engineers & operators are Pocatello, Chubbuck Cities & Fort Hall Reservation PUMA, ID, Southwest Nebraska PUMA, NE, and East Montana (Outside Billings City) PUMA, MT. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Locomotive engineers & operators are Pocatello, Chubbuck Cities & Fort Hall Reservation PUMA, ID, Southwest Nebraska PUMA, NE, and Logan, Mingo, Wyoming & McDowell Counties PUMA, WV.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Locomotive engineers & operators and on wages and locations for those in the field. Rail transportation is the industry that employs the most Locomotive engineers & operators, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Locomotive engineers & operators, by average wage, is Administration of economic programs & space research. Locomotive engineers & operators are paid most in Dodge, Cass, Saunders & Washington Counties PUMA, NE but are relatively concentrated in Pocatello, Chubbuck Cities & Fort Hall Reservation PUMA, ID.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$85,559
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,157

In 2020, Locomotive engineers & operators earned an average of $85,559, $29,605 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Budget analysts make somewhat more than Locomotive engineers & operators while Credit counselors & loan officers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Locomotive engineers & operators as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.214
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Locomotive engineers & operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.214, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Locomotive engineers & operators (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Locomotive engineers & operators.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Locomotive engineers & operators.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Locomotive engineers & operators, by average wage, are Administration of economic programs & space research, Rail transportation, and Bus service & urban transit.

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Industries by Share

45.1k
2020 Workforce
± 5,212
0.918%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 16.2%

The number of people employed as Locomotive engineers & operators has been growing at a rate of 0.918%, from 44,669 people in 2019 to 45,079 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Locomotive engineers & operators employed by various industries. Rail transportation employs the largest share of Locomotive engineers & operators at  91.2%, followed by Bus service & urban transit with 2.66% and Services incidental to transportation with 1.05%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Locomotive engineers & operators in the US. The average age of male Locomotive engineers & operators in the workforce is 45.7 and of female Locomotive engineers & operators is 48.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Locomotive engineers & operators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

43.8k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,136
1.31k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 887

97.1% of Locomotive engineers & operators are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Locomotive engineers & operators.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Locomotive engineers & operators
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

73.9% of Locomotive engineers & operators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 15% of Locomotive engineers & operators, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Locomotive engineers & operators.

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Age by Sex

45.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.25
48.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 8.61

The median age of Locomotive engineers & operators is 45.8, and Male employees are generally 2.58 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Locomotive engineers & operators from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Locomotive engineers & operators is Business but a relatively high number of Locomotive engineers & operators hold a major in Theology.

Majors

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