Many kids dream of being a railroad engineer, and many adults do too – since it pays around $85,000 a year. The retirement benefits are also great, because most people who work driving trains retire by age 60. That is several years earlier than the typical retirement at age 65, and you will retire with full benefits. That means that you can earn a huge amount of money, save for retirement, and still get paid a lot after you leave the job. Plus, you get to toot the horn on a locomotive as part of your $85,000 and up career. That, in and of itself, is a pretty cool perk and many engineers also travel extensively on the job.