Average Salary for Norfolk Southern Corporation Employees

Operating out of Norfolk, Va., Norfolk Southern Corporation employs talent in positions ranging from Trainmaster to Civil Engineer. The median income for Norfolk Southern Corporation employees is $68K annually. Though how long you've been working and your city do impact pay, what you do at the company is the primary influence on employee salary at Norfolk Southern Corporation. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Norfolk, Virginia 23510


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Railroad Conductor or Yardmasters rake in the most money, with average earnings of $78K per year; Trainmasters come in second with average earnings amounting to $66K, while Civil Engineers and Freight Conductors rank near the top as well ($66K and around $65K, respectively). Financial compensation for Railroad Conductors is rather low — on average only about $52K — relative to the rest of the company.

Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to approximately $74K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Norfolk Southern Corporation employees (35 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn around $60K per year on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $74K annually) can be spotted in Atlanta, Ga.; Chattanooga, Tenn. ($70K), Columbus, Ohio ($70K), and Fort Wayne, Ind. ($63K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Norfolk, Va. at about $52K. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Louisiana, where they average to approximately $76K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Engineer in Trainings have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at around $80K annually. Employees who have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) make the most here, hauling in $83K per year.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Operations Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of about $74K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; approximately one-fifth consider it a key competency. Three more common skills are Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Leadership.

Benefits and Perks

The benefits packages at Norfolk Southern Corporation can sometimes lack paid time off; 37 percent get paid vacation days, and one in four employees receive paid sick leave. Quite a few retirement plans are on offer at Norfolk Southern Corporation, including a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Almost all employees receive health insurance, and a large number of employees get dental coverage. Privileges also include a company cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

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Key Stats for Norfolk Southern Corporation


24 %
76 %
$40,722 - $83,206
$51,147 - $78,566
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.

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