When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $96K annually) can be spotted in Waynesboro, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala. ($77K), Augusta, Ga. (about $76K), and the company's headquarter city of Atlanta, Ga. ($75K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Savannah, Ga.; in fact, at $44K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Within the firm, employees working in Florida take home the most — approximately $79K per year on average.
The highest paychecks go to Senior Mechanical Engineers, who earn an average $100K annually, closely trailed by Senior Database Administrators ($100K), Maintenance Planners (around $89K), and Telecommunications Engineers (approximately $80K). Among the lower-paid positions at Southern Company are Electrical Engineers — the median salary for this role approaches about $64K.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $65K per year on average. The largest slice of the Southern Company workforce (30 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, $73K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach approximately $106K per year for Project Management Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Professional Engineer License Holders with credentials; these people earn around $96K annually on average. Employees who have a Bachelor of Engineering in Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE) make the most here, hauling in $90K per year.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Microsoft SQL Server; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $98K annually. Project Management also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; close to a fourth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Employees also tend to know Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design.
Benefits and Perks
The company does pay out vacation and sick days, but these benefits are received by only a third of respondents. Southern Company helps its workers sock away funds for retirement, offering plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. At Southern Company, most workers have health insurance, and most employees have dental coverage. Other privileges include tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a subsidized cell phone.