Railroad Conductor or Yardmasters rake in the most money, with average earnings of $78K per year; Trainmasters come in second with average earnings amounting to $66K, while Civil Engineers and Freight Conductors rank near the top as well ($66K and around $65K, respectively). Financial compensation for Railroad Conductors is rather low — on average only about $52K — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to approximately $74K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Norfolk Southern Corporation employees (35 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn around $60K per year on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $74K annually) can be spotted in Atlanta, Ga.; Chattanooga, Tenn. ($70K), Columbus, Ohio ($70K), and Fort Wayne, Ind. ($63K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Norfolk, Va. at about $52K. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Louisiana, where they average to approximately $76K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Engineer in Trainings have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at around $80K annually. Employees who have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) make the most here, hauling in $83K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Operations Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of about $74K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; approximately one-fifth consider it a key competency. Three more common skills are Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Leadership.
Benefits and Perks
The benefits packages at Norfolk Southern Corporation can sometimes lack paid time off; 37 percent get paid vacation days, and one in four employees receive paid sick leave. Quite a few retirement plans are on offer at Norfolk Southern Corporation, including a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Almost all employees receive health insurance, and a large number of employees get dental coverage. Privileges also include a company cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.