The highest paychecks go to Airline Pilots and Copilots, who earn an average about $175K per year, closely trailed by Business Consultants ($86K), Software Engineers ($71K), and Operations Managers (around $69K). Flight Attendants are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $40K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $101K annually) can be spotted in Houston, Texas; Orlando, Fla. ($93K), Phoenix, Ariz. (about $81K), and the company's headquarter city of Dallas, Texas (around $68K) are the next top-paying cities. Atlanta, Ga. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging approximately $46K. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of $104K per year) in Florida.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $64K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Southwest Airlines Co employees (32 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn around $58K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Scrum Product Owners have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at about $117K annually. Certified ScrumMasters also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $115K per year. It pays to have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Southwest Airlines Co — these employees make the most at approximately $90K annually.
When it comes to skills, Project Management seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $85K per year. Folks here also tend to know Microsoft Excel; on the survey, roughly a fifth of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Business Analysis were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 37 percent receiving paid vacation and one in four survey participants receiving paid sick days. A 401(k) program is available, and a large number of workers use it to save for retirement. Almost all employees report having health insurance, and a large number of survey participants report having dental coverage. The list of perks also includes a casual working environment, flexible hours, a stock purchase plan, and life insurance.