Average Salary for Norfolk Southern Corporation Employees

Operating out of Norfolk, Va., Norfolk Southern Corporation employs talent in positions ranging from Trainmaster to Production & Operating Manager. The average Norfolk Southern Corporation employee earns $68K per year. Norfolk Southern Corporation paychecks are largely negotiated based on your experience level, though your role at the company and where you live are also considered. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

How This Employer Pays

Norfolk Southern Corporation typically pays:
above market
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above market
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Employer: Norfolk Southern Corporation
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Railroad Conductor (5)
$33,519 - $85,239  
[-]Railroad Conductor (5)
Total Pay$33,519 - $85,239  
[+]Trainmaster (4)
$62,653 - $113,523  
[+]Trainmaster (4)
Salary$61,950 - $97,962  
Bonus$3,070 - $16,331  
Total Pay$62,653 - $113,523  
[+]First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers (3)
$45,919 - $98,757  
[+]First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers (3)
Salary$47,500 - $91,985  
Bonus$1,547 - $16,351  
Total Pay$45,919 - $98,757  
[+]Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster (3)
$50,421 - $98,609  
[+]Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster (3)
Total Pay$50,421 - $98,609  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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About This Company

Norfolk, Virginia 23510


Norfolk Southern Corp

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Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can typically make around $59K. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (30 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make $69K annually.


Trainmasters earn the highest median pay at about $80K, followed by Production & Operating Managers (approximately $70K), Train Conductors ($69K), and Operations Managers ($64K). Financial compensation for Signal Maintainers is rather low — only approximately $46K — relative to the rest of the company.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $79K per year) can be spotted in Atlanta; Fort Wayne ($74K), Toledo (about $70K), and Harrisburg ($62K) are the next top-paying cities. Norfolk ranks low on the pay scale — at $57K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Norfolk Southern Corporation workers in Georgia earn the most — about $72K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Being an Engineer in Training certainly has its perks — salaries approach approximately $70K and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. The best paid folks at Norfolk Southern Corporation have an Associate's Degree, earning $86K per year.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Operations Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of around $75K. Project Management also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; just under one-fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Leadership round out the set of key employee skills.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 45 percent receiving paid vacation and one in four workers receiving paid sick days. 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 the greater part of workers and dental coverage for a solid majority of workers. Other privileges include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a subsidized cell phone.

Key Stats for Norfolk Southern Corporation


21 %
79 %
$42,894 - $73,698
$52,554 - $84,348
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 26 votes.

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