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. A salary of $73K per year is the median rate at Norfolk Southern Corporation. Your role at the company plays the largest role in compensation at Norfolk Southern Corporation, but your experience level and where you live affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Norfolk Southern Corporation Median Salary by Job


Locomotive Engineer
11 profiles

Mechanical Engineer
5 profiles

5 profiles

United States (change)

Electrical Engineer
4 profiles

Freight Conductor
4 profiles

Railroad Conductor
3 profiles

Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster
3 profiles

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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 106
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About This Company

Norfolk, Virginia 23510


Norfolk Southern Corp

Source: Freebase


Locomotive Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $90K annually; Electrical Engineers come in second with average earnings amounting to $79K, while Railroad Conductor or Yardmasters and Mechanical Engineers rank near the top as well (approximately $79K and $69K, respectively). With salaries averaging about $52K, Railroad Conductors are among the lowest paid at Norfolk Southern Corporation.

Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to around $79K per year. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $65K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Norfolk Southern Corporation employees (31 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn around $79K per year on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($80K annually) can be spotted in Chattanooga, Tenn.; New Orleans, La. ($77K), Atlanta, Ga. ($74K), and the company's headquarter city of Norfolk, Va. (approximately $69K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Elkhart, Ind.; in fact, at about $62K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Across Norfolk Southern Corporation's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Illinois earn the most, taking home around $94K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Lean Six Sigma Certifications have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $86K annually. Certified Professional Engineers also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of approximately $83K per year. Those with a Bachelor of Engineering in Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE) at Norfolk Southern Corporation come out on top, and their salaries approach $90K annually.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Data Modeling; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $102K per year. Folks here also tend to know Project Management; on the survey, nearly one in five of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Microsoft Office, Operations Management, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Only a fifth of survey participants at Norfolk Southern Corporation enjoy paid vacation time, and just an eighth of respondents can take sick leave. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Nearly all respondents report having health insurance, and almost all survey participants report having dental coverage. Norfolk Southern Corporation also dishes out privileges such as a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

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Key Stats for Norfolk Southern Corporation


24 %
76 %
$61,618 - $82,017
$50,674 - $86,627

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Popular Locations for Norfolk Southern Corporation

  1. Toledo, Ohio
  2. Roanoke, Virginia
  3. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  4. Charlotte, North Carolina
  5. Atlanta, Georgia
  6. Norfolk, Virginia
  7. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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