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Average Salary for Southern Company Employees

Southern Company is a electric services firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia that hires for Electrical Engineer positions, Nuclear Engineer roles, and more. A salary of $71K annually is the going rate at Southern Company. Southern Company paychecks are largely negotiated based on your role at the company, though how long you've been working and your city are also considered. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

How This Employer Pays

Southern Company typically pays:
below market
Similar employers pay:
at market
Similar companies include:
KBR, SunTrust Banks Inc., Emory University
Employer: Southern Company
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Electrical Engineer (6)
$49,515 - $110,584  
[-]Electrical Engineer (6)
Salary$48,856 - $108,244  
Bonus$1,239 - $15,862  
Total Pay$49,515 - $110,584  
[+]Administrative Assistant (5)
$29,314 - $62,709  
[+]Administrative Assistant (5)
Salary$28,498 - $59,366  
Bonus$182.50 - $4,009  
Total Pay$29,314 - $62,709  
[+]Nuclear Engineer (5)
$63,078 - $110,992  
[+]Nuclear Engineer (5)
Salary$57,886 - $100,874  
Bonus$1,856 - $14,594  
Total Pay$63,078 - $110,992  
[+]Sr. Administrative Assistant (3)
$33,712 - $68,620  
[+]Sr. Administrative Assistant (3)
Salary$30,135 - $53,868  
Bonus$1,152 - $10,487  
Total Pay$33,712 - $68,620  
 Precise Range (?
XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 7 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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Southern Company Details

30 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30308


Electric Services

Southern Co

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The highest paychecks go to Maintenance Managers, who earn $117K, closely trailed by Power Plant Engineers (around $90K), Financial Analysts (about $85K), and Structural Engineers ($83K). Electrical Engineers at Southern Company do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($62K) at the company.

Years of Experience

For employees with five to ten years at the company, wages tend to be at the approximately $74K mark. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $58K. Overall, the greater share of Southern Company folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn $91K per year.


Median pay is highest in Waynesboro (approximately $92K annually), followed by Birmingham (around $80K), Augusta (about $77K), and the company's headquarter city of Atlanta ($71K). Gulfport is near the bottom for pay at approximately $59K. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Mississippi, where the average salary is $82K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Information Systems Security Professional s have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at around $105K. Earning a Certified Information Security Manager certification garners significant financial rewards of $98K annually. Southern Company provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Accounting — these employees rake in $97K per year.


The best paying skill to have in this role appears to be Project Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of about $83K. Microsoft Office is regularly seen around here; one in six of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Many workers are also familiar with Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

Although the firm compensates a majority of workers for vacation days, it only pays two-fifths of workers for sick time. Workers can easily stock up on retirement savings by participating in several options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a solid majority of workers, and most workers report receiving dental coverage as well. The list of perks also includes tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a company cell phone.

Key Stats

30 %
70 %
$40,237 - $88,325
$46,853 - $92,870
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

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