Average Salary for Southern Company Employees

Operating out of Atlanta, Ga., electric services company Southern Company employs talent in positions ranging from Electrical Engineer to Nuclear Engineer. The average Southern Company employee earns $71K per year. Though your experience level and your role at the company are influential salary factors for those at Southern Company, geography turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. 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 (about $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. (around $71K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Gulfport, Miss.; in fact, at $49K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Within the firm, employees working in North Carolina take home the most — $121K per year on average.

Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $74K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (33 percent) have been working for one to four years and make about $60K per year on average.


The highest average salaries go to Nuclear Engineers, who bring in close to $73K annually, though Telecommunications Analysts are not far behind at $68K along with Financial Analysts (around $64K) and Electrical Engineers (approximately $62K). Southern Company hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Administrative Assistants ($45K on average).

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Certified Information Systems Security Professional certainly has its perks — salaries approach $103K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Southern Company compensates Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE)-holders the most at approximately $83K annually.


In this position, it pays to have Project Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of around $82K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Excel; just under one-fifth consider it a key competency. Key skills also include Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is scarce, with only about one-half of survey participants receiving paid vacation and about one in three workers receiving sick leave. Employees looking to save up for old age can choose from several options including a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. A large number of survey participants report having health insurance, and a fair number of respondents report having dental coverage. Other privileges include tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and flexible hours.

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