Salary Range$25,000 to $100,000
Locomotive engineers, also known as train engineers, operate the diesel locomotive engines that pull all types of trains, including cross-country freight trains and passenger trains. They also work in switchyards, where freight cars are joined together or broken apart. A locomotive engineer is generally the highest union position to which a railroad worker can advance. There are approximately 32,200 locomotive engineers employed in the United States.
Minimum Education LevelHigh School Diploma
"Extra" Locomotive Engineer