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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 industry, from Flight Attendant to Airline Pilot or Copilot. A salary of $74K annually is the going rate at Southwest Airlines Co. Southwest Airlines Co paychecks are largely negotiated based on your job title, though how long you've been working and your city are also considered. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

How This Employer Pays

Southwest Airlines Co typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
above market
Employer: Southwest Airlines Co
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Flight Attendant (11)
$24,328 - $136,442  
[-]Flight Attendant (11)
Salary$21,520 - $67,781  
Bonus$49.11 - $3,291  
Total Pay$24,328 - $136,442  
[+]Customer Service Representative (CSR) (6)
$24,341 - $64,421  
[+]Customer Service Representative (CSR) (6)
Salary$27,000 - $52,182  
Profit Disbursement$227.05 - $2,462  
Total Pay$24,341 - $64,421  
[+]Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer (6)
$41,818 - $285,182  
[+]Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer (6)
Salary$58,883 - $230,604  
Bonus$314.60 - $14,995  
Profit Disbursement$737 - $12,814  
Total Pay$41,818 - $285,182  
[+]Project Manager, Information Technology (IT) (4)
$57,123 - $138,424  
[+]Project Manager, Information Technology (IT) (4)
Salary$68,885 - $131,528  
Bonus$618 - $9,644  
Total Pay$57,123 - $138,424  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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Southwest Airlines Co Details

Dallas, Texas 75235


Air Transportation, Scheduled, Airline

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Airline Pilots and Copilots represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $175K — though Senior Software Engineers, Information Technology Project Managers, and Software Engineers also do fairly well at approximately $110K, $105K, and $89K, respectively. Customer Service Representatives are among the lowest paid at about $35K.

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can typically make around $58K. For those with five or more years experience, average earnings amount to $72K. For the most part, a representative employee at Southwest Airlines Co has been working for 10-19 years and makes $90K per year.


Median pay is highest in the company's headquarter city of Dallas (about $77K annually), followed by Nashville (approximately $76K), Houston ($70K), and Atlanta (around $63K). At $60K, Oakland is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Texas, where the average Southwest Airlines Co employee makes approximately $77K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Airline Transport Pilots earn around $250K, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Salaries typically rise to about $77K annually for accredited Airframe & Powerplant Licensees. Southwest Airlines Co workers who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) are also well compensated, earning $115K on average.


The highest paying skill to have in this role seems to be Operations Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $110K. Microsoft Office is a popular skill among Southwest Airlines Co workers, with a little less than one-fifth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Many workers usually know Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Project Management as well.

Benefits and Perks

Company compensation for vacation days and sick leave is awarded to only 42 percent. Almost all employees contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. The vast majority of workers receive health insurance, and a solid majority of workers get dental coverage. Other privileges include a casual working environment, life insurance, a stock purchase plan, and flexible hours.

Key Stats

32 %
68 %
$35,802 - $83,293
$44,865 - $104,717
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

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