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.