When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($121K annually) can be spotted in Charlotte, N.C.; Augusta, Ga. (about $77K), Birmingham, Ala. (approximately $73K), and the company's headquarter city of Atlanta, Ga. ($72K) are the next top-paying cities. Gulfport, Miss. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $49K. Across Southern Company's U.S. offices, employees in the state of North Carolina earn the most, taking home around $121K per year.
Controls Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $79K annually on average; Nuclear Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to around $73K, followed by Telecommunications Analysts earning $68K and Electrical Engineers making approximately $62K. Financial compensation for Administrative Assistants is rather low — on average only about $45K — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
Survey participants who have worked at Southern Company for between five and 10 years earn $75K per year on average. The largest fraction of Southern Company people (32 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn $60K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Information Systems Security Professionals have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at about $103K per year. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE); Southern Company awards approximately $83K to these degree-holders.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Project Management; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of around $83K annually. Microsoft Excel is regularly seen around here; nearly one in five of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Key skills also include Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Word.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about half of employees receiving paid vacation and around one in three workers receiving sick leave. Employees looking to save up for old age can choose from several options including a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Perks cover health insurance for a large number of employees and dental coverage for a solid majority of respondents. Some other advantages of working at Southern Company are tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and relocation expenses.