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How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?  
User currently offlineGregviperrt From Canada, joined May 2004, 71 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 7 months 5 hours ago) and read 139364 times:

I know it varies from Airline to Airline but how much would a pilot get paid? Say everything from a 1900 to a 747 pilot? Any ideas?

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User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 5 hours ago) and read 139272 times:

$15,000 - $400,000 a year. Its all over the place.

User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 139201 times:

This website should prove useful.

http://www.airlinepilotpay.com

Dl757md



757 Most beautiful airliner in the sky!
User currently offlineAmerican762 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 139188 times:

With seniority, easily 400,000 in the 6 figure area. Lucky...Lucky...Lucky...All the fun...Plenty of money  Smile


Pan Am has a place of its' own. You call it the world, we call it home.
User currently offlineSpeedbirdheavy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 hours ago) and read 139099 times:

What happens after year 12? Do pilots just max out then?


China Airlines...Come fry with us!
User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1963 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 hours ago) and read 139037 times:

Easily 400,000? Who makes that much? Maybe .00001% of airline pilots, if that.

Most regional airline First Officers (copilots) make less than 30,000/yr. Starting pay is usually around 17k/yr. Regional captains make between 30k starting up to 80k or so for the most senior.

Mainline first officers usually make 30-70k per year, captains 60-200k on average, but a few airlines like united and delta have very senior widebody captains making close to 300k.

In summary, the pay is good at the mainline level, but it takes at least 7-15 years of low paying work (military, flight instructor, charter pilot, regional pilot, etc) before your eligible for a decent paying mainline job. On top of that you need a college degree, must be in good health, have decent vision, and the will to constantly away from home. Major airline pilots "pay their dues" before they earn the privledge of making that kind of money. It's not easy, and definitely not for those who lack commitment and dedication.


User currently offlineSupraZachAir From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Feb 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 hours ago) and read 139032 times:

With seniority, easily 400,000 in the 6 figure area. Lucky...Lucky...Lucky...All the fun...Plenty of money

Well those days are numbered. Pilot pay has dropped dramatically in the last decade. Reality had to catch the airlines eventually.


User currently offlineCirruspilot From Ireland, joined May 2004, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 138948 times:

American762 chief pilots make that maybe! Aer Lingus pilots start at about 25,000 Euro if EI has put them through the training. And if they are direct entries 30,000+ Euros.

User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 138816 times:

airline pilots ... statisically speaking, average pay is $100,000. in my humble opinion.


Airliners.net of the Future
User currently offlineMikedlayer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 138800 times:

Over hear I've heard the average captain usually gets between £60,000 and £100,000 p/year. Not bad really.

Mike


User currently offlineN707PA From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 138716 times:

http://www.apapdp.org/pay.comparison.php

User currently offlineType-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 138575 times:

Since you asked about pilots in general don't forget that there are flying jobs out there that are not with the airlines. Corporate pilots get paid very well too (but not quite as good as airline pilots) We have a lot of responsibility flying important people around, or at least THEY think the're important!

 Innocent


User currently offlineSpyglass From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 111 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 138479 times:

Too much.....the unions, as they do everywhere, keep pay levels artificially high....it's very counterproductive
chow


User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4229 posts, RR: 37
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 138323 times:

Bullshat, Spyglass.


I don't know of any pilots that make 400,000 a year. The ones that make 300,000 are very very very very...very rare. Ive never heard of any, personally. What airline is that? Imagine-air?


I personally make 18-20,000 a year. I'm responsible for a 25,000,000 dollar airplane and fly hundreds of people safely to their destination everyday. Is that really overpaid?

Most major airline pilots make around 100,000. The average in the regionals is closer to 50,000. (FO's around the mid to upper 20's-, captains in the 50's-60's).
When I was a flight instructor (for 2 years), I made 12,000 a year.

People don't realize how little you make working your way up in the industry, esp considering how qualified we are. 40,000 dollars in licenses, 4 year degree or higher... I have been very lucky only having to instruct for 2 years and going straight to the CRJ...hopefully will be a captain sometime next year. Its rare that things go this well so quickly. Most people are instructors for years..then FO's for years... It takes a long time to get to a major carrier, if you ever make it.



Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 138186 times:

Cathay Pacific has the world's best paid pilots from what I heard. According to Next Magazine a few years ago during the industrial action, a few pilots were making HK$ 4-5 million a year. Not sure if this is true......

User currently offlineHenpol747 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 138104 times:

I have heard that AF pilots are the world´s best paid,
Can anyone confirm?




Vive la France! ¡Viva México!
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40065 posts, RR: 74
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 138079 times:

It is retarded to think that any airline pilot is overpaid.
Shame on anyone who thinks so.

I'd like to see someone say that to the pilot next time they take there flight.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3841 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 138013 times:

The problem is that many people think that $200,000 is too much for one sitting in a cockipt all day "doing nothing"...

Of course, those many people absolutely do not know what goes on there, and what is at stake.
We are talking about a profesional, a guy/girl who has been on a constant training, checked for his/her perfect health, been away from home for many many years. He/she has years of experience flying, started out as a flight instructor on a c152 and barely made $30,000 for the first 10 years or so of his/her career, after having paid anywhere between 50 to 100 G's for training.

And that is without considering the responsability and the danger involved, and the fact that he/she could hold on to his/her dream (and licence) for so long.

Pilots are overpaid? Then why do lawyers and doctors make more than pilots? Is pilot just another basic profesion now? A regular technician?

Oh, and why do you think some airlines still pay up to $400,000 for an experience jet captain? because of the unions?
I don't think so. If another pilot, as experienced as that guy, was willing to do it for less, believe me, they'd hire him...

I'm early on my way there, and if I miraculously reach that level one day, I'll probably say it has been a whole lot of sacrifice to get here.



Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 137985 times:

http://www.airlinepilotpay.com


cheers

drew


User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 137965 times:

My flight instructor and neighbor is in the top 1% of AA pilots. He is a senior Captain and AirCheck man and he makes around $250k/yr. I don't know of any of this friends higher on the food chain (QF, NWA, AA, UA, etc) that make more than him. There are no $400k/yr pilots. Cheers.

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