Airline Pilots and Copilots rake in the most money, with average earnings of approximately $190K annually; Senior Software Engineers come in second with average earnings amounting to around $110K, while Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanics and Business Consultants rank near the top as well ($100K and $87K, respectively). With salaries averaging about $36K, Administrative Assistants are among the lowest paid at Southwest Airlines Co.
Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Oakland, Calif. — at $49K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, Southwest Airlines Co pays its Florida employees the most; the pay rate there is around $180K per year.
Years of Experience
Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $51K annually on average. Average pay is about $60K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. Overall, the greater share of Southwest Airlines Co folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average approximately $84K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach $275K per year for Airline Transport Pilots; non-accredited workers make much less. Airframe & Powerplant Licensees also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $84K annually. At Southwest Airlines Co, employees who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) receive the highest salaries at $110K.
Employees who count Operations Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $86K per year. A garden variety skill at Southwest Airlines Co is Microsoft Excel; a little less than a fifth of Southwest Airlines Co's people use it regularly. Many workers are also familiar with Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.
Benefits and Perks
The benefits packages at Southwest Airlines Co can sometimes lack paid time off; 42 percent get paid vacation days, and one in three survey participants receive paid sick leave. For employees looking to save up for their golden years, Southwest Airlines Co provides an optional 401(k) plan, and a large number of employees participate. Most workers can count on health insurance, and a large number of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. Some other perks are a casual working environment, a stock purchase plan, life insurance, and flexible hours.