11 High-Paying Blue Collar Jobs with Mike Rowe

Locomotive Engineer

Median annual salary: $62,995

Most little kids dream of one day driving a choo-choo train. What they probably don't know, however, is how physically and mentally demanding the job is.

Locomotive engineers must not only know how to guide their trains along a variety of grades in all kinds of conditions, they are also responsible for the mechanical condition of their trains.

This hands-on, physical job is perfect for those who are strong, mechanically inclined and love to travel.

Trade school courses and certifications are typically required.