NS Offering Bonuses to Conductor Hires

Bonuses of up to $5,000 are being offered by Norfolk Southern to newly-hired conductor trainees in several “priority” locations including Cincinnati and Conway Yard near Pittsburgh.

The bonuses are part of an effort by the Class 1 railroad to fill a shortage of operating employees.

Other priority locations include Binghamton and Buffalo; New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Manassas and Roanoke, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Birmingham and Sheffield, Alabama; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Linwood, North Carolina.

Conductors hired in other locations will receive a $2,500 bonus.

NS said trainees who reach qualification are guaranteed minimum annual pay of $52,000, a figure that increases to $63,500 within four years.

In its recruiting pitch, NS said conductors promoted to locomotive engineer earn a minimum pay of about $94,000 with many NS engineers pulling down more than $100,000 annually.

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