Average Salary for Southwest Airlines Co Employees

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Southwest Airlines Co offers a range of employment opportunities in the air transportation, from Flight Attendant to Airline Pilot or Copilot. Southwest Airlines Co employees bring home $68K per year on average. At Southwest Airlines Co, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is what you do at the company — it impacts salary more than anything else — though geography and your experience level each factor into the equation as well. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Dallas, Texas 75235


Air Transportation, Scheduled, Airline

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Bringing in the most money are Airline Pilots and Copilots — their earnings average $190K annually. Senior Auditors are a close second at $83K along with Operations Managers (approximately $78K) and Software Engineers (about $73K). Flight Attendants at Southwest Airlines Co do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($38K on average) at the company.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $138K per year) can be spotted in Phoenix, Ariz.; Houston, Texas ($101K), Orlando, Fla. (around $91K), and the company's headquarter city of Dallas, Texas (approximately $68K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Baltimore, Md. — at $51K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, Arizona offers the highest pay at about $138K annually.

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $62K per year on average. The largest fraction of Southwest Airlines Co people (34 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn about $59K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach approximately $94K per year for Occupational Safety and Health Administraters; non-accredited workers make much less. Earning an Airframe & Powerplant Licensee certification garners significant financial rewards of $91K annually on average. Regarding salaries and education, Southwest Airlines Co pays those with a Master of Science (MS) the most — $128K.


Employees who count Project Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $83K per year. A common skill in Southwest Airlines Co's work force is Microsoft Excel; one in four of survey participants report using it on the job. Employees also tend to know Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Business Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Two-fifths of respondents have paid vacation, and only about a third of workers can take paid time off for illness. A large number of survey participants set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health insurance comes as part of the deal for almost all survey participants, and most employees report receiving dental coverage as well. Some other perks are a casual working environment, a stock purchase plan, life insurance, and flexible hours.

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$34,072 - $75,948
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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
$35,355 - $109,000
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