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Average Salary for Southern Company Employees

Atlanta, Ga.-based Southern Company hires for positions ranging from Electrical Engineer to Nuclear Engineer in the electric services. Compensation for Southern Company employees is around $71K per year on average. Southern Company paychecks are largely negotiated based on where you live, though what you do at the company and your experience level are also considered. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Southern Company typically pays:
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Employer: Southern Company
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Electrical Engineer (7)
$49,200 - $109,931  
[-]Electrical Engineer (7)
Salary$48,050 - $100,131  
Bonus$1,365 - $15,414  
Total Pay$49,200 - $109,931  
[+]Administrative Assistant (6)
$29,716 - $61,071  
[+]Administrative Assistant (6)
Salary$29,714 - $61,827  
Bonus$133.64 - $3,737  
Total Pay$29,716 - $61,071  
[+]Nuclear Engineer (5)
$60,568 - $115,444  
[+]Nuclear Engineer (5)
Salary$57,199 - $101,385  
Bonus$1,592 - $13,559  
Total Pay$60,568 - $115,444  
[+]Civil Engineer (3)
$43,454 - $95,392  
[+]Civil Engineer (3)
Salary$50,124 - $82,609  
Total Pay$43,454 - $95,392  
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XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117

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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 ($121K annually) can be spotted in Charlotte, N.C.; Augusta, Ga. ($77K), Birmingham, Ala. ($74K), and the company's headquarter city of Atlanta, Ga. (about $71K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Gulfport, Miss. — at around $49K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, North Carolina offers the highest pay at approximately $121K per year.


Maintenance Managers earn the highest median pay at $117K annually, followed by Controls Engineers ($79K), Nuclear Engineers ($71K), and Systems Analysts (about $68K). Administrative Assistants are among the lowest paid at a median salary of around $45K.

Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to approximately $72K per year. The largest slice of the Southern Company workforce (32 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, about $61K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Information Systems Security Professionals, who make $105K per year. CompTIA Security+ Experts with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at approximately $103K annually. Regarding salaries and education, Southern Company pays those with a Doctorate (PhD) the most — around $97K.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Project Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $80K per year. Engineering Design is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; one in six of Southern Company's people use it regularly. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

Southern Company lets only half of respondents take paid vacation and only a third of survey participants take sick leave. Those seeking to set aside retirement funds can rely on several savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. At Southern Company, a majority of employees have health insurance, and the larger part of respondents have dental coverage. Southern Company folks also make good use of tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a subsidized cell phone.

Key Stats for Southern Company


27 %
73 %
$40,237 - $78,356
$47,678 - $93,290
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
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