Average Salary for Southern Company Employees

Atlanta, Ga.-based Southern Company hires for positions ranging from Mechanical Engineer to Forecast Analyst in the electric services. The average Southern Company employee earns $77K annually. For the most part, employee paychecks at Southern Company fluctuate depending on geography; your job title and how long you've been working also matter, but to a lesser degree. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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About This Company

30 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30308


Electric Services

Southern Co

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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.

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Key Stats for Southern Company


27 %
73 %
$42,574 - $69,866
$56,182 - $93,503

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$56,221 - $84,953
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
$68,676 - $87,439
$56,972 - $76,835
$60,849 - $91,538
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