Years of Experience
Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can typically make $58K. For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to approximately $72K. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Southern Company employees (28 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and typically earn $93K per year.
Power Plant Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $90K — though Financial Analysts, Structural Engineers, and Nuclear Engineers also do fairly well at around $85K, about $83K, and $71K, respectively. Near the bottom at Southern Company are Technical Consultants, pulling in just $53K.
Median pay is highest in Waynesboro (approximately $92K annually), followed by Birmingham ($78K), Augusta (about $77K), and the company's headquarter city of Atlanta (around $71K). At approximately $62K, Gulfport is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, Southern Company pays its Alabama employees the most; the pay rate there is $75K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Information Systems Security Professionals, who make about $105K. Becoming a Certified Information Security Manager can certainly pay off here; those folks make around $98K. At Southern Company, employees who hold a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Accounting receive the highest salaries at $97K.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Project Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $83K. Microsoft Office is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; roughly a sixth of Southern Company's people use it regularly. Three more common skills are Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word.
Benefits and Perks
Workers can easily stock up on retirement savings by participating in several options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. A majority of workers do get paid time off for vacation, but only two-fifths of workers get paid sick time. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for the greater part of workers, and most workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Southern Company folks also make good use of tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a company cell phone.