Average Salary for Norfolk Southern Corporation Employees

Operating out of Norfolk, Va., Norfolk Southern Corporation employs talent in positions ranging from Freight Conductor to Civil Engineer. An average Norfolk Southern Corporation employee can expect to make $67K per year. Geography influences pay for Norfolk Southern Corporation workers the most, followed by your experience level and your role at the company. 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 (about $105K annually) can be spotted in Detroit, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio ($79K), Atlanta, Ga. ($77K), and Chicago, Ill. (around $73K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average (approximately $52K) in Norfolk, Va., one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, Norfolk Southern Corporation employees make the most in Michigan, earning $105K per year on average.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $59K annually. The largest slice of the Norfolk Southern Corporation workforce (41 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, approximately $71K per year.


The highest paychecks go to Industrial Engineers, who earn an average $77K annually, closely trailed by Civil Engineers ($74K), Trainmasters ($69K), and Information Systems Auditors (about $68K). On the lower end are Freight Conductors at $57K on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to around $86K per year for Professional Engineer License Holders, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Engineer in Trainings with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at about $80K annually. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor's Degree; Norfolk Southern Corporation awards $72K to these degree-holders.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Team Leadership; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of approximately $76K per year. Project Management also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; close to one-fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Operations Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel round out the set of key employee skills.


With a more than 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio, men represent the better half of Norfolk Southern Corporation's employees who responded to the survey.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is hard to come by at Norfolk Southern Corporation; the company rewards only 45 percent with paid vacation time and only 30 percent with sick leave. 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. Perks cover health insurance for the vast majority of survey participants and dental coverage for almost all survey participants. Other privileges include life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

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Key Stats for Norfolk Southern Corporation


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$35,745 - $73,698
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
$42,574 - $82,131

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