When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($121K annually) can be spotted in Charlotte, N.C.; Augusta, Ga. ($77K), Birmingham, Ala. ($74K), and the company's headquarter city of Atlanta, Ga. (about $71K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Gulfport, Miss. — at around $49K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, North Carolina offers the highest pay at approximately $121K per year.
Maintenance Managers earn the highest median pay at $117K annually, followed by Controls Engineers ($79K), Nuclear Engineers ($71K), and Systems Analysts (about $68K). Administrative Assistants are among the lowest paid at a median salary of around $45K.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to approximately $72K per year. The largest slice of the Southern Company workforce (32 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, about $61K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Information Systems Security Professionals, who make $105K per year. CompTIA Security+ Experts with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at approximately $103K annually. Regarding salaries and education, Southern Company pays those with a Doctorate (PhD) the most — around $97K.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Project Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $80K per year. Engineering Design is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; one in six of Southern Company's people use it regularly. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word.
Benefits and Perks
Southern Company lets only half of respondents take paid vacation and only a third of survey participants take sick leave. Those seeking to set aside retirement funds can rely on several savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. At Southern Company, a majority of employees have health insurance, and the larger part of respondents have dental coverage. Southern Company folks also make good use of tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a subsidized cell phone.