Our people enable us to best serve our customers. That’s why we provide wages, benefits and services that attract and retain some of the best in this business. At a personal level, your benefits as a BNSF employee are another way the company compensates you for the job you do − second in value only to your wages. BNSF provides a competitive benefits program to help you meet important personal needs and goals.
Our benefits go beyond the basics of medical, dental, vision and 401(k). We complement these with a wide range of health, retirement and wellness programs. These benefits allow the opportunity for you to protect and improve health, financial well-being and quality of life for you and your family. BNSF offers nutrition, fitness and other wellness programs that support our employees’ and their families’ efforts to reach personal health goals.
While benefits are different for our scheduled (union-represented) and salaried employees, all of our people are afforded access to quality medical and retirement benefits.
When it comes to retirement, railroad employees and railroad companies contribute to Railroad Retirement, a program similar to, but separate from, Social Security. The two systems are closely coordinated with regard to earnings credits, benefit payments and taxes by the Railroad Retirement Board. While employers and employees covered by Railroad Retirement pay somewhat higher retirement taxes than those covered by Social Security, Railroad Retirement benefits can be significantly higher than Social Security benefits, especially for career employees. For more information about Railroad Retirement, visit www.rrb.gov.
Because we are always looking to grow our business and remain an industry leader, we offer learning and development opportunities, including tuition reimbursement for job-related degree programs. Scheduled (union-represented) employees may be eligible for up to $5,250 per year to pursue an Associates or Bachelor’s degree. Exempt employees may be eligible for up to $800 per credit hour for undergraduate degrees and up to $1,300 per credit hour for graduate degrees. We recognize quality of life is important to our people and their families as well, and as a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family, BNSF employees have access to a number of services and discounts.