Average Salary for Southwest Airlines Co Employees

Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines Co hires for positions ranging from Flight Attendant to Senior Business Analyst in the air transportation. The average employee at Southwest Airlines Co takes home $62K per year. Southwest Airlines Co paychecks are largely negotiated based on your job title, though your city and your experience level are also considered. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Dallas, Texas 75235


Air Transportation, Scheduled, Airline

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Airline Pilots and Copilots rake in the most money, with average earnings of $175K annually; Software Engineers come in second with average earnings amounting to $73K, while Operations Managers and Senior Marketing Analysts rank near the top as well (around $70K and $69K, respectively). With salaries averaging approximately $45K, Flight Attendants are among the lowest paid at Southwest Airlines Co.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $109K per year) can be spotted in Phoenix, Ariz.; Houston, Texas (around $106K), Orlando, Fla. (approximately $104K), and Chicago, Ill. ($65K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Baltimore, Md. at about $47K. By state, Southwest Airlines Co pays its Florida employees the most; the pay rate there is $132K annually.

Years of Experience

Average pay is $62K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. 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

Monetary compensation comes to approximately $104K per year for Project Management Professionals, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Earning a Certified ScrumMaster certification garners significant financial rewards of $103K annually on average. Employees who have a Master of Science (MS) make the most here, hauling in $125K per year.


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 $86K annually. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Microsoft Excel; about one in four deem it necessary for work. Many workers usually know Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Business Analysis as well.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 36 percent receiving paid vacation and 22 percent receiving paid sick days. Most workers save for retirement through Southwest Airlines Co's 401(k) plan. Almost all employees can count on health insurance, and most survey participants have dental coverage as a benefit. Privileges also include a casual working environment, a stock purchase plan, flexible hours, and life insurance.

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Key Stats for Southwest Airlines Co


34 %
66 %
$34,166 - $67,824
$49,157 - $94,453

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$38,500 - $90,574
$36,065 - $78,050
$43,511 - $89,819
$63,984 - $213,750
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