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.