Locomotive engineers & operators

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2019 Workforce
44.8k
Average Age
45.4
Average Salary
$91,277
Average Male Salary
$92,568
Average Female Salary
$56,749

About

Locomotive engineers & operators are most often employed by the Rail transportation industry. The average yearly wage for Locomotive engineers & operators was $91,277 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Locomotive engineers & operators by wage are Industrial production managers, Compensation & benefits managers, and Project management specialists.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Locomotive engineers & operators are Lake Havasu City PUMA, AZ and Southwest Nebraska PUMA, NE. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Locomotive engineers & operators are Lake Havasu City PUMA, AZ and Southwest Nebraska PUMA, NE.

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 Rail transportation. Locomotive engineers & operators are paid most in Navajo & Apache Counties PUMA, AZ but are relatively concentrated in Lake Havasu City PUMA, AZ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$91,277
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,048

In 2019, Locomotive engineers & operators earned an average of $91,277, $35,753 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Industrial production managers make somewhat more than Locomotive engineers & operators while Compensation & benefits managers 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

0.198
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Locomotive engineers & operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.198, 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

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Locomotive engineers & operators

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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Locomotive engineers & operators, by number of employees, are Rail transportation and Bus service & urban transit.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Locomotive engineers & operators, by average wage, are Rail transportation and Bus service & urban transit.

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Industries by Share

44.8k
2019 Workforce
± 5,196
−1.12%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 16.5%

The number of people employed as Locomotive engineers & operators has been declining at a rate of −1.12%, from 45,320 people in 2018 to 44,811 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Locomotive engineers & operators employed by various industries. Rail transportation employs the largest share of Locomotive engineers & operators at  90.9%, followed by Bus service & urban transit with 3.18% and false with 0%.

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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 45.4 and of female Locomotive engineers & operators is 45.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Locomotive engineers & operators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

43.2k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,102
1.62k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 987

96.4% of Locomotive engineers & operators are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender 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)

74.1% of Locomotive engineers & operators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.6% 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 Gender

45.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.2
45.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 8.02

The median age of Locomotive engineers & operators is 45.4, and Male employees are generally 0.255 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 Protective Services.

Majors

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