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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 Trainmaster to Freight Conductor. Norfolk Southern Corporation employees bring home $68K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for Norfolk Southern Corporation workers, followed by how long you've been working and what you do at the company. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Norfolk Southern Corporation typically pays:
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About This Company

Norfolk, Virginia 23510


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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $105K per year) can be spotted in Detroit, Mich.; Atlanta, Ga. ($78K), Chicago, Ill. ($73K), and Fort Wayne, Ind. ($63K) are the next top-paying cities. Norfolk, Va. is near the bottom for pay at around $54K. Across Norfolk Southern Corporation's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Michigan earn the most, taking home approximately $105K annually.

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $59K per year on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Norfolk Southern Corporation employees (44 percent) have five to nine years of experience and earn around $71K annually on average.


Industrial Engineers earn the highest median pay at about $77K per year, followed by Civil Engineers (approximately $74K), Production & Operating Managers ($70K), and Trainmasters ($69K). Freight Conductors at Norfolk Southern Corporation do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (about $60K on average) at the company.

Certifications and Degrees

Professional Engineer License Holders receive bigger paychecks ($86K annually) than those without credentials. On average, salaries rise to $80K per year for accredited Engineer in Trainings. Norfolk Southern Corporation compensates Bachelor's Degree-holders the most at $72K annually.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Operations Management; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of approximately $78K per year. Project Management is a popular skill in the Norfolk Southern Corporation workforce; just under a fourth of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Many workers usually know Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Leadership as well.


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

As part of compensation, Norfolk Southern Corporation gives paid vacation to 44 percent and paid sick leave to 28 percent. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Almost all respondents can count on health insurance, and a large number of employees have dental coverage as a benefit. Some other advantages of working at Norfolk Southern Corporation are life insurance, a company cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Key Stats for Norfolk Southern Corporation


18 %
82 %
$42,574 - $75,000
$51,043 - $81,775
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 20 votes.
$42,574 - $82,131

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