The highest paychecks go to Solutions Architects, who earn an average about $110K per year, closely trailed by Maintenance Planners (approximately $89K), Telecommunications Engineers (around $80K), and Nuclear Engineers ($75K). Electrical Engineers are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $61K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($88K annually) can be spotted in Waynesboro, Ga.; Augusta, Ga. ($75K), the company's headquarter city of Atlanta, Ga. (around $74K), and Birmingham, Ala. (about $73K) are the next top-paying cities. Savannah, Ga. is near the bottom for pay at $44K. By state, Southern Company employees make the most in Florida, earning approximately $79K per year on average.
Years of Experience
Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $63K annually on average. For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $77K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (25 percent) have been working for 20 years or more and make approximately $93K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $106K per year. Professional Engineer License Holders also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of about $96K annually. Those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Management at Southern Company come out on top, and their salaries approach around $87K per year.
When it comes to skills, employees who report Project Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $81K annually. A garden variety skill at Southern Company is Microsoft Excel; just under one in four of Southern Company's people use it regularly. Many workers usually know Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Word as well.
Benefits and Perks
Only 42 percent at Southern Company enjoy paid vacation time, and just 36 percent can take sick leave. With an eye toward the future, Southern Company offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Perks cover health insurance for most employees and dental coverage for a solid majority of employees. Southern Company employees also enjoy perks such as tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a company cell phone.