When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($167K per year) can be spotted in Charlotte, N.C.; Waynesboro, Ga. (about $88K), Augusta, Ga. ($79K), and the company's headquarter city of Atlanta, Ga. ($73K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at around $48K) is Dothan, Ala. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of North Carolina, where they average to approximately $167K annually.
The highest average salaries go to Solutions Architects, who bring in close to about $110K per year, though Research Engineers are not far behind at $79K along with Mechanical Engineers ($76K) and Nuclear Engineers (approximately $75K). Electrical Engineers make an average $61K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make around $63K annually on average. The largest slice of the Southern Company workforce (28 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, approximately $76K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $106K annually. Acquiring certification to be a Professional Engineer License Holder is rewarded with median pay of $96K per year. Southern Company compensates Associate of Arts (AA)-holders the most at around $93K annually.
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 $81K per year. Microsoft Office also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; close to a fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Engineering Design.
Benefits and Perks
Two in five workers receive paid vacation, and only one in three employees get sick leave. Southern Company workers get plenty of help saving for their golden years, with retirement savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for most workers, and a solid majority of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Privileges also include tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a company cell phone.