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Average Salary for Norfolk Southern Corporation Employees

Operating out of Norfolk, Virginia, Norfolk Southern Corporation employs talent in positions ranging from Trainmaster to Production & Operating Manager. Norfolk Southern Corporation employees typically bring home $67K per year. Your experience level influences pay for Norfolk Southern Corporation workers the most, followed by what you do at the company and your city. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.

How This Employer Pays

Norfolk Southern Corporation typically pays:
above market
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below market
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Employer: Norfolk Southern Corporation
Average Salary Range by Job
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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Railroad Conductor (6)
$31,469 - $80,296  
[-]Railroad Conductor (6)
Salary$38,689 - $82,483  
Bonus$6.85 - $2,246  
Total Pay$31,469 - $80,296  
[+]Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster (5)
$41,867 - $97,598  
[+]Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster (5)
Bonus$65.79 - $2,919  
Total Pay$41,867 - $97,598  
[+]Trainmaster (4)
$63,195 - $112,822  
[+]Trainmaster (4)
Salary$62,258 - $97,817  
Bonus$3,236 - $16,566  
Total Pay$63,195 - $112,822  
[+]First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers (3)
$46,159 - $99,224  
[+]First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers (3)
Salary$47,875 - $90,955  
Bonus$1,566 - $14,417  
Total Pay$46,159 - $99,224  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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Norfolk Southern Corporation Details

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Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make approximately $59K. By and large, the biggest segment of Norfolk Southern Corporation's workforce (28 percent) have been working for five to nine years and take home $68K annually.


Trainmasters rake in the most money, with average earnings of $80K; Production & Operating Managers come in second with typical earnings amounting to about $70K, while Train Conductors and Operations Managers rank near the top as well (around $69K and $64K, respectively). Near the bottom at Norfolk Southern Corporation are Signal Maintainers, pulling in just $46K.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($74K per year) can be spotted in Fort Wayne; Atlanta (about $72K), Toledo ($70K), and Harrisburg (around $62K) are the next top-paying cities. Norfolk is near the bottom for pay at approximately $57K. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Indiana, where they average to about $71K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $59K for Engineer in Trainings; non-accredited workers make much less. At Norfolk Southern Corporation, employees who hold an Associate's Degree receive the highest salaries at around $86K.


The highest paying skill to have in this role seems to be Microsoft Office; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $70K. Operations Management is a popular skill in the Norfolk Southern Corporation workforce; nearly one in five of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Employees also tend to know Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Leadership.

Benefits and Perks

Norfolk Southern Corporation lets only half of workers take paid vacation and only one in four workers take sick leave. Employees can save for retirement by joining one of several savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. The greater part of workers have health insurance, and benefits for a solid majority of workers also include dental insurance. Other privileges include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a subsidized cell phone.

Key Stats

21 %
79 %
$42,894 - $73,698
$52,554 - $84,348
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

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