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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 Airline Pilot or Copilot to Flight Attendant. The average Southwest Airlines Co employee earns $64K per year. Though your experience level and where you live are influential salary factors for those at Southwest Airlines Co, what you do at the company turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Southwest Airlines Co typically pays:
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Employer: Southwest Airlines Co
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About This Company

Dallas, Texas 75235


Air Transportation, Scheduled, Airline

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The highest paychecks go to Airline Pilots and Copilots, who earn an average approximately $180K annually, closely trailed by Senior Software Engineers (around $110K), Business Consultants ($87K), and Senior Business Analysts ($57K). Financial compensation for Customer Service Representatives is rather low — on average only about $35K — relative to the rest of the company.

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $61K per year on average. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $52K annually on average. The largest fraction of Southwest Airlines Co people (39 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn around $80K per year on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($76K annually) can be spotted in Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix, Ariz. ($75K), the company's headquarter city of Dallas, Texas (approximately $71K), and Houston, Texas (about $70K) are the next top-paying cities. Oakland, Calif. is near the bottom for pay at $49K. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of about $150K per year) in Colorado.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Airline Transport Pilots, who make approximately $275K annually. Becoming an Airframe & Powerplant Licensee can certainly pay off here; those folks make $81K on average. Employees who have a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) make the most here, hauling in $111K per year.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Java/J2EE; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of around $109K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at Southwest Airlines Co is Microsoft Excel, with slightly less than one-fifth considering it a key competency. Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Customer Service are also desirable skills.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky few (two in five employees) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. A large number of respondents save for retirement through Southwest Airlines Co's 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for most employees, and most workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Perks also include a casual working environment, a stock purchase plan, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Key Stats for Southwest Airlines Co


38 %
62 %
$35,631 - $74,170
$43,950 - $97,153
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 21 votes.
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