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Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, qualified disabled, and covered veterans.

Qualified applicants will recieve consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on basis of disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other legally protected status.

Medical Coverage
Employees choose from medical coverage options ranging from PPOs to a high deductible health plan. Southwest picks up a generous amount of the premium, making the monthly amount Employees pay for medical and prescription drug coverage for themselves and their families affordable.

Dental Coverage
Dental coverage options include preventive, basic, major, and orthodontic care.

Vision Coverage
Vision coverage is an available option for Employees and their families, and includes complete eye exams and contact lenses, or lenses and frames.

Flexible Spending Accounts
Employees can save money by making tax-free contributions to flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent daycare.

Health Savings Account (HSA)
If enrolled in the Health Savings Plan, a Health Savings Account (HSA) is available for Employees to save for eligible healthcare expenses—now or in the future. Employees may receive triple tax savings through this account. A Company-paid concierge service is also available to those enrolling in this plan.

Sick Time

Employees earn sick time every month based on their specific workgroup.

Short Term Disability
Noncontract Employees are covered by a Company-paid Short Term Disability plan in the event of an illness or injury that lasts more than one week.

Long Term Disability
Employees can choose from Company-paid or Employee-paid Long Term Disability plans* that help protect them and their families in the event the Employee becomes disabled and can’t work for an extended period of time.

Basic Life Insurance
All Employees receive Basic Term Life Insurance at no cost, in a coverage amount equal to their annual salary, up to $50,000. Employees may elect Optional Life Insurance up to 10 times their salary, and choose from various levels of life insurance for their Spouse/Committed Partner and/or Children.

Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance is also available as another way to protect Employees and/or their families in the event of an accident.

Other Available Benefits
Other available Benefits include Adoption Assistance Reimbursement, Paid Adoption Leave, Child and Elder Care Resource and Referral Program, Committed Partner Benefits, a Concierge Program, Supplemental Hospital Insurance, Pet Insurance, and Auto and Home Insurance.

*Pilots aren’t eligible, but may elect Long Term Disability coverage through Southwest Pilots’ Association


Wellness Rewards
Southwest Employees can live better on and off the job with wellness programs. Employees and their spouses can earn up to $400 by taking specific steps to be more engaged in their health through Wellness Rewards.

Programs focused on weight management, tobacco cessation, diabetes prevention and control, and our Employee Assistance Program may help Employees be the best version of themselves, and are available at no additional cost.

Employees earn excellent pay and can prepare for their future with our exceptional retirement programs.

401(k) Plan
Save for retirement through our 401(k) Plan with pre-tax or Roth contributions. Southwest will match Employee contributions dollar-for-dollar up to a range of their eligible salary between 8.3 and 9.3 percent. Employees can choose from a broad spectrum of investment options, and rollover any eligible funds from a previous employer.

Employees share in Southwest’s success with our ProfitSharing Plan, which rewards them for their contributions to Southwest’s profitability. Contributions are a percentage of their eligible salary
and have ranged from one percent to nearly eight percent over the past ten years. Southwest was the first in the airline industry to offer a ProfitSharing Plan.

Employee Stock Purchase Plan
With our Employee Stock Purchase Plan, Employees can purchase Southwest common stock at a 10 percent discount through payroll deductions after six months of continuous service.

The Culture Services Department is charged with championing a Culture through which everyone knows that he or she matters.

We strengthen and promote our legendary Culture by encouraging our Employees through celebration, recognition and appreciation. Employees are encouraged to attend annual Companywide celebration events, such as the Southwest Rally, Spirit Party and Chili Cookoff. We also encourage Employees to stand up to recognize one another through awards and programs such as Kick Tail, LUV Reports, Winning Spirit Award, President’s Awards, and our milestone anniversary celebrations. In order to promote and foster a fun and healthy work environment, we work to appreciate every Employee through our 400+ member Companywide Culture Committee and our 130+ Local Culture Committees.

Non-uniformed Employees enjoy a casual dress code and a flexible schedule. Noncontract Employees in certain departments may benefit from alternative work schedules such as compressed workweeks, flexible start and end times, and job-sharing.

Employees enjoy five vacation days after six months of service, and five additional days after one year of service. After five years, Employees receive 15 days a year. After ten years, they receive 20 days a year. After 18 years, they receive 25 days a year.

Southwest recognizes ten holidays a year for Noncontract full-time Employees, two of which can be designated on a date of the Employee’s choosing each year.

Commuter Benefits
Commuter benefits save Employees money, allowing  them to designate pretax payroll deductions to pay for commuting costs like bus, light rail, regional rail, streetcar, trolley, subway, ferry, and vanpool, plus they support environmental initiatives that are near and dear to our hearts.

Southwest Employees make a positive difference in the communities we serve.

Employees are encouraged to volunteer for causes that matter most to them, and Southwest supports them through our Tickets for Time program by donating roundtrip tickets to nonprofits based
on Employee volunteer hours. Plus, we offer several volunteer opportunities throughout the year to allow Employees to make a difference with their Southwest Family.

Local Giving
Community Giving Boards made up of local Employees decide how Southwest will give back to charities in their neighborhoods, tapping into the passion points of their community.

National Giving
At the national level, Southwest makes a positive impact on a number of issues through our charitable relationships. By donating to organizations that support People and the communities we serve, we take pride knowing our donations of time, money, and resources have a meaningful impact.


Southwest Employees can visit almost any corner of the world with generous travel privileges, and turn recognition into something meaningful with SWAG Points.

Travel Privileges
Employees have free unlimited travel privileges for themselves and eligible dependents on Southwest Airlines. Eligible dependents include spouse or committed/registered partner, eligible dependent
children under 19 years old (or up to 23 if a full-time student), and parents. And, with pass agreements with other airlines and discounts with rental car companies, hotels, theme parks, and more, Employees can choose their own adventure.

Southwest Airlines Gratitude (SWAG) Points
At Southwest Airlines, gratitude is a way of life. It’s part of our Culture to appreciate and recognize one another, and it’s exhibited in a multitude of ways — from a Leader or a peer saying “great job,” to receiving an award like Winning Spirit, to attending the Annual Awards Banquet on one of your milestone anniversaries. Employees can also earn and redeem Southwest Airlines Gratitude (SWAG)
Points for Guest Passes for friends and family, Rapid Rewards® Points, merchandise, gift cards, or event tickets.

Southwest Airlines University (SWA U)
Southwest Airlines University, located in Southwest’s state-of-the-art training facility, provides technical training and personal and professional development opportunities through classroom and online formats.

Leadership Development

Southwest provides Leadership Development for Leaders at all levels. The Emerging Leadership Development program is a rotational program designed to develop well-rounded emerging Leaders. The Manager-in-Training Programs offer intensive Leadership development to prepare Leaders for the next level.

Movement Around The Company

We love to promote from within, and encourage movement around the Company to increase skills and Company knowledge.

Days In The Field
Days in the Field allow Employees to spend time in a department of interest and get an idea for which direction they would like to steer their Southwest career path.

Employees stay connected to the Company and their Coworkers through a variety of channels!

SWALife & Digital Signs
Employees can learn more about Southwest and their department, create and update a profile, and leave comments on blog posts on our intranet, SWALife. For those on-the-go, digital signs provide a quick glance at a variety of news and announcements.

E-Mail & Text
You heard it here first! Employees can read the daily News Brief and important department updates by checking their Southwest email, and opt in on SWALife to receive breaking news via text.

Read all about it in our magazine for Employees, LUVLines, which publishes monthly and features Companywide and department-specific articles.

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