When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $121K annually) can be spotted in Charlotte, N.C.; Augusta, Ga. (approximately $77K), Birmingham, Ala. ($73K), and the company's headquarter city of Atlanta, Ga. (around $71K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Gulfport, Miss.; in fact, at $49K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Within the firm, employees working in North Carolina take home the most — $121K per year on average.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $74K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (33 percent) have been working for one to four years and make about $60K per year on average.
The highest average salaries go to Nuclear Engineers, who bring in close to $73K annually, though Telecommunications Analysts are not far behind at $68K along with Financial Analysts (around $64K) and Electrical Engineers (approximately $62K). Southern Company hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Administrative Assistants ($45K on average).
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Certified Information Systems Security Professional certainly has its perks — salaries approach $103K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Southern Company compensates Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE)-holders the most at approximately $83K annually.
In this position, it pays to have Project Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of around $82K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Excel; just under one-fifth consider it a key competency. Key skills also include Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Word.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about one-half of survey participants receiving paid vacation and about one in three workers receiving sick leave. Employees looking to save up for old age can choose from several options including a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. A large number of survey participants report having health insurance, and a fair number of respondents report having dental coverage. Other privileges include tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and flexible hours.