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 Flight Attendant to Operations Manager. The median income for Southwest Airlines Co employees is $62K annually. What you do at the company influences pay for Southwest Airlines Co workers the most, followed by where you live and how long you've been working. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Dallas, Texas 75235


Air Transportation, Scheduled, Airline

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The highest average salaries go to Airline Pilots and Copilots, who bring in close to approximately $175K per year, though Software Engineers are not far behind at about $73K along with Operations Managers ($70K) and Senior Marketing Analysts ($69K). Financial compensation for Flight Attendants is rather low — on average only $45K — relative to the rest of the company.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $138K annually) can be spotted in Phoenix, Ariz.; Houston, Texas ($106K), Orlando, Fla. ($104K), and Chicago, Ill. (approximately $65K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($54K) in Baltimore, Md., one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Arizona, where the average salary is around $138K per year.

Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to about $61K annually. The largest slice of the Southwest Airlines Co workforce (34 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, $58K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Scrum Product Owners receive bigger paychecks (around $116K annually) than those without credentials. Project Management Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at about $104K per year. At Southwest Airlines Co, employees who hold a Master of Science (MS) receive the highest salaries at $128K.


When it comes to skills, Project Management seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $86K annually. A relatively widespread skill at Southwest Airlines Co is Microsoft Excel; nearly one in four of employees use it for work. Many workers are also familiar with Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Business Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is in short supply here, with only one in three respondents receiving paid vacation and one in four respondents receiving paid sick days. Most workers allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for almost all employees, and a large number of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Employees can also look forward to a casual working environment, flexible hours, a stock purchase plan, and life insurance.

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Key Stats for Southwest Airlines Co


34 %
66 %
$34,108 - $67,013
$50,398 - $92,503

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
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