Locomotive Engineers

4.7/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $38.33 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 79% (Robots are watching)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
Manual Dexterity
Finger Dexterity
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Locomotive Engineers' job openings is expected to rise 4.7% by 2031
'Locomotive Engineers' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Locomotive Engineers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Locomotive Engineers' was $79,740, or $38.33 hourly
'Locomotive Engineers' are paid 74.3% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as locomotive engineers?

As of 2021 there were 38,980 people employed as Locomotive Engineers within the United States.
This represents around 0.03% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 3 thousand people are employed as Locomotive Engineers.

Job description

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.

SOC Code: 53-4011.00


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Ali says
Yes DLR Northern line are already automated a person is onboard only as a fail safe operative to keep on eye nothing goes wrong
Jun 04, 2021 at 01:37 AM
J (No chance) says
How? There is no way they will learn all the rules and all the different types of signals.
Nov 25, 2020 at 05:16 PM
a (Small chance) says
Robots will make the train crash!
Jan 01, 2020 at 02:56 AM
Jarhead says
Union Pacific is already trying to find ways to use those robots. Worker unions are trying to stop them.
Jun 14, 2021 at 03:09 PM

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