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Average Salary for Norfolk Southern Corporation Employees

Operating out of Norfolk, Va., Norfolk Southern Corporation employs talent in positions ranging from Production & Operating Manager to Trainmaster. Norfolk Southern Corporation pays its employees $68K per year on average. Your city plays the largest role in compensation at Norfolk Southern Corporation, but your experience level and your job title affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

Norfolk Southern Corporation typically pays:
above market

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Norfolk, Virginia 23510


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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $105K annually) can be spotted in Detroit, Mich.; Atlanta, Ga. (around $79K), Chicago, Ill. (approximately $73K), and Fort Wayne, Ind. ($63K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($56K) in Norfolk, Va., one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Michigan, where the average salary is $105K per year.

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make around $58K annually on average. Overall, the greater share of Norfolk Southern Corporation folks have five to nine years of experience and earn an average approximately $72K per year.


Earning $77K annually on average, Industrial Engineers receive the most money, followed by Civil Engineers (about $74K), Production & Operating Managers ($70K), and Trainmasters ($69K). On the lower end are Railroad Conductors at approximately $58K on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Professional Engineer License Holders have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $86K per year. On average, salaries rise to around $80K annually for accredited Engineer in Trainings. The best paid folks at Norfolk Southern Corporation have a Bachelor's Degree, earning $72K per year.


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 about $81K annually. Project Management is a popular skill among Norfolk Southern Corporation workers, with somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Operations Management, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.


Norfolk Southern Corporation's employees who answered the questionnaire are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Norfolk Southern Corporation gives paid vacation days to 42 percent and sick leave to one in four respondents. Norfolk Southern Corporation helps its workers sock away funds for retirement, offering plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Perks cover health insurance for nearly all survey participants and dental coverage for most employees. The company also dishes out perks such as life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Key Stats for Norfolk Southern Corporation


18 %
82 %
$42,574 - $75,000
$51,413 - $82,424
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 21 votes.
$42,574 - $82,131
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