When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($158K annually) can be spotted in Houston, Texas; Orlando, Fla. (around $99K), the company's headquarter city of Dallas, Texas (about $66K), and Phoenix, Ariz. ($65K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Baltimore, Md. at $41K. By state, Southwest Airlines Co pays its Florida employees the most; the pay rate there is approximately $99K per year.
Airline Pilots and Copilots are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing around $95K annually on average; Project Managers are next on the list, bringing in close to about $86K, followed by Business Consultants earning $86K and Operations Managers making $70K. Flight Attendants at Southwest Airlines Co do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (approximately $45K on average) at the company.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $64K per year. The greater proportion of employees (33 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $61K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach about $132K per year for Certified Public Accountants; non-accredited workers make much less. Certified ScrumMasters with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $115K annually. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Arts (MA); Southwest Airlines Co awards approximately $99K to these degree-holders.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Project Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of around $87K per year. A common skill in Southwest Airlines Co's work force is Microsoft Excel; nearly one-fourth of survey participants report using it on the job. Other skills in demand are Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Business Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is hard to come by at Southwest Airlines Co; the company rewards only a third of survey participants with paid vacation time and only 22 percent with sick leave. Most respondents participate in a 401(k) program. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for almost all survey participants, and a large number of survey participants report receiving dental coverage as well. Southwest Airlines Co employees also enjoy perks such as a casual working environment, a stock purchase plan, flexible hours, and life insurance.