Average Salary for Norfolk Southern Corporation Employees

Operating out of Norfolk, Va., Norfolk Southern Corporation employs talent in positions ranging from Locomotive Engineer to Trainmaster. The median income for Norfolk Southern Corporation employees is $72K per year. What you do at the company influences pay for Norfolk Southern Corporation workers the most, followed by your experience level and where you live. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

Read More
Norfolk Southern Corporation Median Salary by Job



10 profiles


United States (change)




Civil Engineer
5 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 185
  • View Table

Find out more about pay at Norfolk Southern Corporation

About This Company

Norfolk, Virginia 23510


Norfolk Southern Corp

Norfolk Southern Corporation pays its employees an average of $71,182 a year. Salaries at Norfolk Southern Corporation range from an average of $50,202 to $97,323 a year. Norfolk Southern Corporation employees with the job title Information Technology (IT) Manager make the most with an average annual salary of $133,496, while employees with the title Administrative Assistant make the least with an average annual salary of $40,391.


Locomotive Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $88K annually on average; Railroad Conductor or Yardmasters are next on the list, bringing in close to approximately $78K, followed by Trainmasters earning around $71K and Civil Engineers making $68K. Railroad Conductors make an average $52K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make about $65K per year on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (29 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make around $77K annually on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $79K per year) can be spotted in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Atlanta, Ga. ($73K), Fort Wayne, Ind. ($71K), and Decatur, Ill. ($71K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Roanoke, Va. at approximately $62K. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Illinois, where the average Norfolk Southern Corporation employee makes $80K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Professional Engineers receive bigger paychecks (about $81K per year) than those without credentials. On average, salaries rise to around $79K annually for accredited Certified Six Sigma Green Belts. Employees who have a Master of Science (MS) make the most here, hauling in $90K per year.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Team Leadership among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of approximately $81K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; just under one-fifth consider it a key competency. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Operations Management, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is scarce, with only about 28 percent receiving paid vacation and slightly less than a fifth of workers receiving sick leave. Workers can easily stock up on retirement savings by participating in several options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance is part of the package for the vast majority of respondents, and for a large number of survey participants, dental coverage is too. Advantages of working here also include a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Norfolk Southern Corporation Job Listings

Key Stats for Norfolk Southern Corporation


22 %
78 %
$50,668 - $82,608
$50,897 - $84,215

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$52,775 - $77,588
$58,175 - $100,229
$52,699 - $80,521
$67,812 - $101,682

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Salary and career advice to put you a step ahead.

newsletter icon

Recent Blog Posts on Career News

Want to Get More Specific? Get a Salary Report Customized for YOU

Tell us about your current job and your skillset, and we’ll let you know how much employers are paying in your area.