When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $121K annually) can be spotted in Charlotte, N.C.; Augusta, Ga. (approximately $77K), Birmingham, Ala. ($73K), 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 $49K) is Gulfport, Miss. Across Southern Company's U.S. offices, employees in the state of North Carolina earn the most, taking home about $121K per year.
Years of Experience
Survey participants who have worked at Southern Company for between five and 10 years earn approximately $74K annually on average. The largest fraction of Southern Company people (33 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn around $60K per year on average.
Nuclear Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $73K annually; Telecommunications Analysts come in second with average earnings amounting to $68K, while Financial Analysts and Electrical Engineers rank near the top as well ($64K and about $62K, respectively). Administrative Assistants are among the lowest paid at a median salary of approximately $45K.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Information Systems Security Professionals, who make $103K per year. At Southern Company, employees who hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) receive the highest salaries at $83K.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Project Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of about $82K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at Southern Company is Microsoft Excel, with a little less than one-fifth considering it a key competency. Some other standard skills here are Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Word.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only one-half of employees receiving paid vacation and a third of respondents receiving paid sick days. Quite a few retirement plans are on offer at Southern Company, including a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. A large number of employees can count on health insurance, and a solid majority of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. Privileges also include tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and flexible hours.