When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($105K per year) can be spotted in Detroit, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio ($79K), Atlanta, Ga. (about $77K), and Chicago, Ill. (approximately $73K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Norfolk, Va. — at $52K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, Michigan offers the highest pay at around $105K annually.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is about $59K per year. The largest fraction of Norfolk Southern Corporation people (41 percent) have been working for five to nine years and earn $71K annually on average.
Industrial Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $77K per year on average; Civil Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to approximately $74K, followed by Trainmasters earning $69K and Information Systems Auditors making around $68K. Financial compensation for Freight Conductors is rather low — on average only $57K — relative to the rest of the company.
Certifications and Degrees
Professional Engineer License Holders have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at about $86K annually. Engineer in Trainings with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at around $80K per year. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor's Degree; Norfolk Southern Corporation awards $72K to these degree-holders.
When it comes to skills, Team Leadership seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of approximately $76K annually. Project Management is a popular skill in the Norfolk Southern Corporation workforce; close to one-fifth of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Operations Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.
Men make up the majority of employees who took the survey in a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about 45 percent receiving paid vacation and slightly less than a third of workers receiving sick leave. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Perks cover health insurance for nearly all respondents and dental coverage for nearly all employees. Norfolk Southern Corporation also dishes out privileges such as life insurance, a company cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.