Locomotive Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of about $90K annually; Railroad Conductor or Yardmasters come in second with average earnings amounting to around $80K, while Electrical Engineers and Trainmasters rank near the top as well (approximately $79K and $69K, respectively). Near the bottom at Norfolk Southern Corporation are Railroad Conductors, pulling in an average of just $51K.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $78K per year. Overall, the greater share of Norfolk Southern Corporation folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average about $64K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($79K per year) can be spotted in New Orleans, La.; Atlanta, Ga. ($74K), the company's headquarter city of Norfolk, Va. ($69K), and Roanoke, Va. (around $64K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Chattanooga, Tenn. at approximately $60K. The highest pay by state can be found in North Carolina, where salaries average out at $79K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach around $93K per year for Certified Six Sigma Green Belts; non-accredited workers make much less. Earning a Lean Six Sigma Certification certification garners significant financial rewards of approximately $86K annually on average. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE); Norfolk Southern Corporation awards $82K to these degree-holders.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Team Leadership; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $78K per year. Project Management is a popular skill among Norfolk Southern Corporation workers, with between a fifth and a fourth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Some other standard skills here are Microsoft Office, Operations Management, and Microsoft Excel.
Benefits and Perks
Employees can save for retirement by joining one of several savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance is part of the package for nearly all employees, and for almost all workers, dental coverage is too. A few more workplace perks are a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and stock options.