Airline Pilots and Copilots are the best paid with the average salary hovering at about $190K annually; Senior Software Engineers, Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanics, and Business Consultants also rank near the top of the list, pulling in approximately $110K, $100K, and around $87K, respectively. Near the bottom at Southwest Airlines Co are Administrative Assistants, pulling in an average of just $36K.
Expected earnings are below average ($49K) in Oakland, Calif., one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Florida, where the average salary is about $180K per year.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $51K annually. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make around $60K per year on average. The greater proportion of employees (35 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $84K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach $275K per year for Airline Transport Pilots; non-accredited workers make much less. Becoming an Airframe & Powerplant Licensee can certainly pay off here; those folks make approximately $84K on average. Employees who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) make the most here, hauling in around $110K annually.
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 approximately $86K per year. A garden variety skill at Southwest Airlines Co is Microsoft Excel; slightly less than one-fifth of Southwest Airlines Co's people use it regularly. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.
Benefits and Perks
The benefits packages at Southwest Airlines Co can sometimes lack paid time off; 42 percent get paid vacation days, and one in three survey participants receive paid sick leave. Most respondents set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of workers, and most workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Privileges also include a casual working environment, a stock purchase plan, life insurance, and flexible hours.