The highest paychecks go to Airline Pilots and Copilots, who earn an average $190K annually, closely trailed by Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanics (approximately $100K), Operations Managers (about $67K), and Senior Business Analysts ($63K). On the lower end are Customer Service Representatives at $35K on average.
Oakland, Calif. is near the bottom for pay at around $49K. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Florida; salaries there average to $180K per year.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make around $62K annually on average. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $50K per year on average. Overall, the greater share of Southwest Airlines Co folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average approximately $87K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Being an Airline Transport Pilot certainly has its perks — salaries approach $275K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Becoming an Airframe & Powerplant Licensee can certainly pay off here; those folks make about $81K on average. The best paid folks at Southwest Airlines Co have a Master of Business Administration (MBA), earning $103K annually.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Project Management; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of about $80K per year. Microsoft Excel also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; a little less than a fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Many workers are also familiar with Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about two in five respondents receiving paid vacation and slightly less than a third of workers receiving sick leave. A large number of workers save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for nearly all workers and dental coverage for most respondents. Some other advantages of working at Southwest Airlines Co are a casual working environment, a stock purchase plan, life insurance, and flexible hours.