Average Salary for Southwest Airlines Co Employees

Southwest Airlines Co is a air transportation industry firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas that hires for Flight Attendant positions, Airline Pilot or Copilot roles, and more. Compensation for Southwest Airlines Co employees tends to be around $73K annually. Though how long you've been working and your city are influential salary factors for those at Southwest Airlines Co, your role at the company turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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How This Employer Pays

Southwest Airlines Co typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
below market
Employer: Southwest Airlines Co
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Flight Attendant (11)
$24,328 - $136,442  
[-]Flight Attendant (11)
Salary$19,837 - $64,808  
Bonus$50.46 - $3,746  
Total Pay$24,328 - $136,442  
[+]Customer Service Representative (CSR) (6)
$25,247 - $65,704  
[+]Customer Service Representative (CSR) (6)
Salary$27,448 - $54,649  
Profit Disbursement$234.82 - $2,497  
Total Pay$25,247 - $65,704  
[+]Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer (5)
$41,781 - $265,161  
[+]Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer (5)
Salary$63,325 - $228,160  
Bonus$349.39 - $20,673  
Profit Disbursement$508 - $13,448  
Total Pay$41,781 - $265,161  
[+]Project Manager, Information Technology (IT) (4)
$56,525 - $138,600  
[+]Project Manager, Information Technology (IT) (4)
Salary$68,587 - $132,006  
Bonus$598 - $10,006  
Total Pay$56,525 - $138,600  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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About This Company

Dallas, Texas 75235


Air Transportation, Scheduled, Airline

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Airline Pilots and Copilots represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $175K — though Senior Software Engineers, Information Technology Project Managers, and Business Consultants also do fairly well at $110K, approximately $105K, and about $87K, respectively. Southwest Airlines Co hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Customer Service Representatives (around $35K).

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, paychecks typically reach $56K. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay generally amounts to $70K. The greater proportion of employees (40 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home $90K per year.


Median pay is highest in Baltimore (about $80K annually), followed by Nashville ($76K), the company's headquarter city of Dallas (around $76K), and Atlanta (approximately $65K). On the lower end is Phoenix at around $61K. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Florida pays Southwest Airlines Co the most — about $115K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Being an Airline Transport Pilot certainly has its perks — salaries approach $250K and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Airframe & Powerplant Licensees also rank high on the pay scale, with expected earnings of $77K annually. Southwest Airlines Co compensates Master of Business Administration (MBA)-holders the most at approximately $115K per year.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Operations Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $110K. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill in the Southwest Airlines Co workforce; one in five of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Three more common skills are Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Project Management.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of workers receive paid vacation and sick leave. Nearly all workers participate in a 401(k) program. At Southwest Airlines Co, a strong majority of workers have health insurance, and the greater part of workers have dental coverage. Some other perks are a casual working environment, life insurance, a stock purchase plan, and flexible hours.

Key Stats for Southwest Airlines Co


33 %
67 %
$36,092 - $78,199
$45,166 - $104,717
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 26 votes.

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