When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($79K annually) can be spotted in Augusta, Ga.; Jasper, Ala. (around $76K), Birmingham, Ala. ($71K), and the company's headquarter city of Atlanta, Ga. ($71K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at about $36K) is Montgomery, Ala. By state, the highest pay levels are found in North Carolina, where the average Southern Company employee makes approximately $167K per year.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $74K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (30 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $62K per year on average.
Telecommunications Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $75K annually — though Telecommunications Analysts, Nuclear Engineers, and Financial Analysts also do fairly well at approximately $74K, around $71K, and $64K, respectively. Earning only around $61K on average, Electrical Designers make less than most people in the company.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than CompTIA Security+ Experts, who make $103K per year. At Southern Company, employees who hold an Associate of Arts (AA) receive the highest salaries at $93K.
When it comes to skills, Project Management seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of about $82K annually. Microsoft Excel is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; just under a fifth of Southern Company's people use it regularly. Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Half of workers receive paid vacation, and only a third of survey participants get sick leave. Workers can easily stock up on retirement savings by participating in several options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. For most respondents, benefits include health insurance, and a strong majority of workers get dental coverage, too. Additional benefits of working here are tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and flexible hours.