When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $96K per year) can be spotted in Waynesboro, Ga.; Augusta, Ga. ($79K), Birmingham, Ala. ($76K), and the company's headquarter city of Atlanta, Ga. (around $73K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Savannah, Ga. — at $44K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, Southern Company pays its Florida employees the most; the pay rate there is about $79K annually.
Senior Mechanical Engineers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at approximately $100K per year; Research Engineers, Nuclear Engineers, and Mechanical Engineers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in around $80K, $75K, and $68K, respectively. Among the lower-paid positions at Southern Company are Human Resources Managers — the median salary for this role approaches about $50K.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $64K annually on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (32 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make $75K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $106K annually. Earning a Professional Engineer License Holder certification garners significant financial rewards of about $96K per year on average. Employees who have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) make the most here, hauling in $92K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Project Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of approximately $82K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Excel; between a fifth and a fourth consider it a key competency. Some other standard skills here are Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Engineering Design.
Benefits and Perks
Only two-fifths of employees enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. Quite a few retirement plans are on offer at Southern Company, including a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Perks cover health insurance for a large number of survey participants and dental coverage for a solid majority of workers. Some other advantages of working at Southern Company are tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a company cell phone.