Average Salary for Norfolk Southern Corporation Employees

Operating out of Norfolk, Va., Norfolk Southern Corporation employs talent in positions ranging from Freight Conductor to Trainmaster. The median salary at Norfolk Southern Corporation is $66K annually. Though how long you've been working and your role at the company are influential salary factors for those at Norfolk Southern Corporation, geography turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Norfolk, Virginia 23510


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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($105K per year) can be spotted in Detroit, Mich.; Atlanta, Ga. ($76K), Columbus, Ohio ($70K), and Toledo, Ohio (approximately $69K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at around $52K) is Norfolk, Va. The highest pay by state can be found in Kentucky, where salaries average out at about $73K annually.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is approximately $59K per year. The greater proportion of employees (40 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of about $71K annually.


Bringing in the most money are Industrial Engineers — their earnings average $77K per year. Civil Engineers are a close second at $74K along with Trainmasters ($69K) and Operations Managers (around $60K). Norfolk Southern Corporation hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Trainee Managers ($59K on average).

Certifications and Degrees

Professional Engineer License Holders earn about $86K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. On average, salaries rise to $80K per year for accredited Engineer in Trainings. Norfolk Southern Corporation workers who hold a Bachelor's Degree are also well compensated, earning $72K on average.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Operations Management; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of approximately $75K annually. A relatively widespread skill at Norfolk Southern Corporation is Project Management; roughly one in five of employees use it for work. Many workers usually know Microsoft Office, Leadership, and Team Leadership as well.


The number of male employees who participated in the survey outweighs the number of women; the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

The benefits packages at Norfolk Southern Corporation can sometimes lack paid time off; 44 percent get paid vacation days, and 29 percent receive paid sick leave. Workers can easily stock up on retirement savings by participating in several options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance is part of the package for nearly all employees, and for most survey participants, dental coverage is too. Other privileges include life insurance, a company cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

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Key Stats for Norfolk Southern Corporation


17 %
83 %
$35,745 - $73,698
$51,386 - $80,063
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
$42,574 - $82,131

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