Average Salary for Southwest Airlines Co Employees

Based in Dallas, Texas,air transportation player Southwest Airlines Co offers many employment opportunities, including Flight Attendant and Business Consultant positions. Compensation for Southwest Airlines Co employees is around $67K annually on average. Southwest Airlines Co paychecks are largely negotiated based on where you live, though what you do at the company and how long you've been working are also considered. 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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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($158K per year) can be spotted in Houston, Texas; Orlando, Fla. (around $99K), Phoenix, Ariz. (approximately $73K), and the company's headquarter city of Dallas, Texas ($67K) are the next top-paying cities. Baltimore, Md. is near the bottom for pay at about $47K. Across Southwest Airlines Co's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Florida earn the most, taking home $104K annually.


Airline Pilots and Copilots are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $95K per year; Project Managers, Business Consultants, and Operations Managers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in about $86K, approximately $86K, and around $70K, respectively. On the lower end are Flight Attendants at $43K on average.

Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $62K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (31 percent) have been working for one to four years and make around $62K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to $132K annually for Certified Public Accountants, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Certified Scrum Product Owners also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $115K per year. Regarding salaries and education, Southwest Airlines Co pays those with a Master of Arts (MA) the most — $99K.


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 about $87K annually. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill in the Southwest Airlines Co workforce; nearly one in four of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Some other standard skills here are Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Business Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

35 percent receive paid vacation, and only a fifth of respondents get sick leave. Southwest Airlines Co sponsors a 401(k) program, and a large number of survey participants use this option to save for their retirement. Almost all survey participants report having health insurance, and most survey participants report having dental coverage. Some other advantages of working at Southwest Airlines Co are a casual working environment, flexible hours, a stock purchase plan, and life insurance.

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Key Stats for Southwest Airlines Co


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66 %
$34,599 - $71,872
$53,237 - $96,149

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
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