Average Salary for Southern Company Employees

Atlanta, Ga.-based Southern Company hires for positions ranging from Nuclear Engineer to Electrical Engineer in the electric services industry. Southern Company pays its employees $71K annually on average. How long you've been working primarily drives compensation; however, your role at the company and geography are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Southern Company. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Southern Company typically pays:
below market
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Employer: Southern Company
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Electrical Engineer (6)
$49,304 - $112,510  
[-]Electrical Engineer (6)
Salary$48,403 - $102,609  
Bonus$1,212 - $16,606  
Total Pay$49,304 - $112,510  
[+]Administrative Assistant (5)
$29,789 - $62,414  
[+]Administrative Assistant (5)
Salary$27,878 - $60,054  
Bonus$193.84 - $3,832  
Total Pay$29,789 - $62,414  
[+]Nuclear Engineer (5)
$63,496 - $109,495  
[+]Nuclear Engineer (5)
Salary$56,018 - $103,580  
Bonus$1,649 - $14,367  
Total Pay$63,496 - $109,495  
[+]Power Plant Operator (3)
$35,966 - $87,016  
[+]Power Plant Operator (3)
Bonus$702 - $10,540  
Total Pay$35,966 - $87,016  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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About This Company

30 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30308


Electric Services

Southern Co

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Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can typically make $58K. For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to approximately $72K. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Southern Company employees (28 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and typically earn $93K per year.


Power Plant Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $90K — though Financial Analysts, Structural Engineers, and Nuclear Engineers also do fairly well at around $85K, about $83K, and $71K, respectively. Near the bottom at Southern Company are Technical Consultants, pulling in just $53K.


Median pay is highest in Waynesboro (approximately $92K annually), followed by Birmingham ($78K), Augusta (about $77K), and the company's headquarter city of Atlanta (around $71K). At approximately $62K, Gulfport is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, Southern Company pays its Alabama employees the most; the pay rate there is $75K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Information Systems Security Professionals, who make about $105K. Becoming a Certified Information Security Manager can certainly pay off here; those folks make around $98K. At Southern Company, employees who hold a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Accounting receive the highest salaries at $97K.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Project Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $83K. Microsoft Office is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; roughly a sixth of Southern Company's people use it regularly. Three more common skills are Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

Workers can easily stock up on retirement savings by participating in several options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. A majority of workers do get paid time off for vacation, but only two-fifths of workers get paid sick time. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for the greater part of workers, and most workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Southern Company folks also make good use of tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a company cell phone.

Key Stats for Southern Company


28 %
72 %
$40,057 - $87,694
$47,163 - $93,642
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

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