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. A salary of $68K annually is the median rate at Norfolk Southern Corporation. Though how long you've been working and what you do at the company are influential salary factors for those at Norfolk Southern Corporation, geography turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Norfolk Southern Corporation typically pays:
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Employer: Norfolk Southern Corporation
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Railroad Conductor (6)
$32,679 - $82,443  
[-]Railroad Conductor (6)
Salary$40,183 - $89,742  
Total Pay$32,679 - $82,443  
[+]Freight Conductor (4)
$39,174 - $92,518  
[+]Freight Conductor (4)
Salary$44,495 - $87,552  
Total Pay$39,174 - $92,518  
[+]First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers (3)
$46,411 - $100,746  
[+]First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers (3)
Salary$47,798 - $95,340  
Bonus$1,551 - $14,576  
Total Pay$46,411 - $100,746  
[+]Civil Engineer (3)
$53,585 - $95,650  
[+]Civil Engineer (3)
Salary$54,458 - $91,996  
Total Pay$53,585 - $95,650  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 89

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Norfolk, Virginia 23510


Norfolk Southern Corp

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($105K per year) can be spotted in Detroit, Mich.; Atlanta, Ga. (around $79K), Chicago, Ill. ($73K), and Fort Wayne, Ind. ($63K) are the next top-paying cities. Norfolk, Va. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging about $56K. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Michigan pays Norfolk Southern Corporation the most — approximately $105K annually on average.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $59K per year. The greater proportion of employees (39 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of $73K annually.


Industrial Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at around $77K per year — though Civil Engineers, Production & Operating Managers, and Trainmasters also do fairly well at about $74K, $70K, and approximately $69K, respectively. Near the bottom at Norfolk Southern Corporation are Train Conductors, pulling in an average of just about $58K.

Certifications and Degrees

Professional Engineer License Holders have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at around $86K annually. Becoming an Engineer in Training can certainly pay off here; those folks make $80K on average. Norfolk Southern Corporation provides the highest financial reward to those with an Associate's Degree — these employees rake in approximately $86K per year.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Team Leadership; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $81K annually. Project Management is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; nearly one-fifth of Norfolk Southern Corporation's people use it regularly. Some other standard skills here are Operations Management, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

The benefits packages at Norfolk Southern Corporation can sometimes lack paid time off; 42 percent get paid vacation days, and a quarter of workers receive paid sick leave. Those seeking to set aside retirement funds can rely on several savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. At Norfolk Southern Corporation, a large number of respondents have health insurance, and a large number of survey participants have dental coverage. Norfolk Southern Corporation folks also make good use of life insurance, a company cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Key Stats for Norfolk Southern Corporation


20 %
80 %
$43,278 - $77,419
$51,413 - $83,360
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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