When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $121K annually) can be spotted in Charlotte, N.C.; Augusta, Ga. (around $76K), Birmingham, Ala. (about $74K), and the company's headquarter city of Atlanta, Ga. ($71K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Gulfport, Miss. at $49K. The highest pay by state can be found in North Carolina, where salaries average out at $121K per year.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Maintenance Managers, Nuclear Engineers, Financial Analysts, and Electrical Engineers; while the first receives the highest median pay at approximately $117K annually, the other salaries come in at about $73K, $67K, and $62K, respectively. On the lower end are Administrative Assistants at $45K on average.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to around $74K per year. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Southern Company employees (33 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn $60K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Information Systems Security Professionals earn $105K per year, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. CompTIA Security+ Experts also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of around $103K annually. Those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration at Southern Company come out on top, and their salaries approach $91K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Project Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of approximately $80K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Office; just under one in five consider it a key competency. Employees also tend to know Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Word.
Benefits and Perks
Although the firm compensates one-half for vacation days, it only pays one in three respondents for sick time. The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. A large number of workers can count on health insurance, and a strong majority of employees have dental coverage as a benefit. Southern Company also dishes out privileges such as tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a subsidized cell phone.