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Average Salary for Southwest Airlines Co Employees

Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines Co hires for positions ranging from Flight Attendant to Airline Pilot or Copilot in the air transportation. A salary of $66K per year is the median rate at Southwest Airlines Co. The most important factor affecting pay for Southwest Airlines Co employees is your role at the company, though your experience level and your city play a role as well. 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:
at market
Employer: Southwest Airlines Co
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Flight Attendant (11)
$24,328 - $136,442  
[-]Flight Attendant (11)
Salary$21,438 - $68,116  
Bonus$77.41 - $3,214  
Total Pay$24,328 - $136,442  
[+]Customer Service Representative (CSR) (8)
$24,921 - $60,235  
[+]Customer Service Representative (CSR) (8)
Salary$27,293 - $51,947  
Profit Disbursement$235.76 - $2,113  
Total Pay$24,921 - $60,235  
[+]Ramp Agent (4)
$20,372 - $38,497  
[+]Ramp Agent (4)
Total Pay$20,372 - $38,497  
[+]Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer (4)
$75,307 - $288,361  
[+]Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer (4)
Salary$63,127 - $228,201  
Profit Disbursement$522 - $14,126  
Total Pay$75,307 - $288,361  
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XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129

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Dallas, Texas 75235


Air Transportation, Scheduled, Airline

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Airline Pilots and Copilots are the best paid with the average salary hovering at around $175K annually; Senior Software Engineers, Software Engineers, and Business Consultants also rank near the top of the list, pulling in approximately $110K, $89K, and about $87K, respectively. Customer Service Representatives at Southwest Airlines Co do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($35K on average) at the company.

Years of Experience

Survey participants who have worked at Southwest Airlines Co for between five and 10 years earn $62K per year on average. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $53K annually on average. Overall, the greater share of Southwest Airlines Co folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average around $82K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($90K annually) can be spotted in Baltimore, Md.; Nashville, Tenn. (approximately $76K), Phoenix, Ariz. (about $75K), and the company's headquarter city of Dallas, Texas ($72K) are the next top-paying cities. Oakland, Calif. ranks low on the pay scale — at around $62K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Colorado, where the average salary is $150K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Airline Transport Pilots, who make $250K annually. Airframe & Powerplant Licensees with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at approximately $81K per year. Southwest Airlines Co provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) — these employees rake in $115K annually.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Operations Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of about $110K per year. Microsoft Excel also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; slightly less than one-fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Customer Service are also desirable skills.

Benefits and Perks

Two-fifths of workers — the minority — enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. A 401(k) program is available, and a large number of workers use it to save for retirement. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of employees, and most workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Southwest Airlines Co also dishes out privileges such as a casual working environment, a stock purchase plan, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Key Stats for Southwest Airlines Co


37 %
63 %
$35,575 - $74,634
$44,308 - $98,210
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 23 votes.
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