Average Salary for Norfolk Southern Corporation Employees

Operating out of Norfolk, Va., Norfolk Southern Corporation employs talent in positions ranging from Trainmaster to Locomotive Engineer. Employees at Norfolk Southern Corporation make $70K annually on average. Norfolk Southern Corporation paychecks are largely negotiated based on your role at the company, though how long you've been working and where you live are also considered. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Norfolk, Virginia 23510


Norfolk Southern Corp

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Locomotive Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of around $90K per year; Railroad Conductor or Yardmasters come in second with average earnings amounting to about $80K, while Electrical Engineers and Freight Conductors rank near the top as well ($77K and approximately $69K, respectively). Norfolk Southern Corporation hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Railroad Conductors ($51K on average).

Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $78K annually. Overall, the greater share of Norfolk Southern Corporation folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average around $64K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($75K annually) can be spotted in Atlanta, Ga.; Chattanooga, Tenn. (approximately $70K), Toledo, Ohio ($68K), and the company's headquarter city of Norfolk, Va. ($68K) are the next top-paying cities. Decatur, Ill. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging about $60K. Within the firm, employees working in Georgia take home the most — $75K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Six Sigma Green Belts earn about $93K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Earning a Lean Six Sigma Certification certification garners significant financial rewards of approximately $86K per year on average. It pays to have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) at Norfolk Southern Corporation — these employees make the most at $82K annually.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Data Modeling; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $102K per year. Project Management is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; close to one-fourth of Norfolk Southern Corporation's people use it regularly. Operations Management, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design round out the set of key employee skills.

Benefits and Perks

Workers wishing to put aside retirement money are in luck; Norfolk Southern Corporation sponsors various plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Norfolk Southern Corporation provides health insurance to the vast majority of respondents, and nearly all employees do receive dental coverage. Advantages of working here also include a company cell phone, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and stock options.

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Key Stats for Norfolk Southern Corporation


23 %
77 %
$50,335 - $84,741
$51,880 - $80,976
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 30 votes.
$51,616 - $77,016
$35,745 - $102,858
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
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