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User currently offlineHenpol747 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 588 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 49856 times:

I have heard that Air France pilots are the best paid pilots in the world, can anyone confirm this info?  Confused

Cheers,

Henpol747


Vive la France! ¡Viva México!
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User currently offlineJutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 49819 times:

I've heard that Senior Captains at United are the highest paid.

User currently offline777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 49815 times:

I've got a buddy flying Hawkers out of Allaire for a corporate client, and last year he brought home in excess of $300,000. He's 64 years old, a former CO pilot, and says this is by far the best job he's ever had, says he wishes he was doing this all along instead of flying DC-10s and 727s all over the place with the Proud Bird!

I'm in the process of researching work in this sector, I'll have reached mandatory retirement age by 2008, and I'd like to continue my career long after the airlines and the FAA say I can't fly anymore!


User currently onlineSean-SAN- From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 49724 times:

Top DL pilot last year made over USD$400,000, including working on his days off.

User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 49691 times:

Delta pilots are among the top tier paid pilots here in the US....abroad, I understand that Cathay Pacific provides good compensation...

Even with this paycut, DL pilots will hopefully still be doing well  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 49640 times:

I've heard either Dragonair or Cathay Pacific, but I'm not sure.


"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 49636 times:

I heard that Iberia pilots are among the best paid in the world and then Delta's (or vice versa).

Is it true that Delta's pilot union signed a contract a few years ago which specifically settled that no other pilot on the same category/aircraft in the world should make more money than theirs?

RM  Smile



There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 49623 times:

It was reported that CATHAY PACIFIC PILOTS are the best paid on earth.

In 2001 a number of top pilots made over HK$ 5 million a year. US$ 1 = HK$7.8


User currently offlineEkairliner From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2004, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 49602 times:

few years ago i was told by one of BA officials that concorde senior pilot earns upto 400,000 pounds a year. match that

User currently offlineBuckfifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 49582 times:

It was reported that CATHAY PACIFIC PILOTS are the best paid on earth.

In 2001 a number of top pilots made over HK$ 5 million a year. US$ 1 = HK$7.8


A couple of management pilot salaries hardly makes CX pilots 'the best paid on earth'. Unless if you're talking specific examples.

In fact, it is officially Delta pilots who make the most in this industry. This is an acknowledged fact, as most unions use their salary structure as a basis for negotiations.


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 49541 times:

Are you sure that covers the industry, or just the USA? I'm just curious.

Also, what constitutes best pay? Best average among all positions? Or highest maximum attainable salary?



"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineOttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 49498 times:

Fly 727,

"Is it true that Delta's pilot union signed a contract a few years ago which specifically settled that no other pilot on the same category/aircraft in the world should make more money than theirs?"

I don't believe that it was the "world," but the theme of the contract negotiations was "United Plus." And imagine seeing DL pilots walking around with a United logo sticker with Plus written beside it on their flightbags. They were negotiating to be paid as much per aircraft as United pilots(who were the highest paid at the time), plus one percent more. The purpose of this is that American, Delta, and United have always been the top paid pilots, and its apparently some kind of ego trip for a pilot to say he is paid more than any other pilot in the industry. Even if its only 1 percent. Not that your pay reflects how well you are trained or work, especially when your a pilot. But that was the theme of the negotiations, and they got it, but thats when business was good. Now business is not so good and that pay needs to be competitive.

They negotiated for "United +1", so why are they too good to take it now? Even if they did take the cut that I hear has been proposed, they would still be like "United Plus 20%."


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 49468 times:

But in general, Cathay Pacific Pilots are VERY well paid. Definitely higher than ANY US airlines.

It was reported in 2001.


User currently offlineTasha From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 49416 times:

I have an acquaintance who is a captain for Fed Ex. He pilots their MD11s out of Memphis, generally to Europe. I would assume that he earns a very good income as well. Recently he purchased a Dodge Viper, and paid cash. My husband is a cardiac surgeon, and I would imagine they are paid in the same range. BTW.... Girls, Captain Bill is still single  Wink/being sarcastic

Tasha  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

[Edited 2004-06-15 06:06:26]

User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 49346 times:

You're 21-25 and married a cardiac surgeon huh? I'm either gonna call BS on your profile, or that you're a gold digger.  Big grin

LOL, I'm so totally just kidding..  Big grin


User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 49306 times:

UA definitely isn't at the top anymore...they were in 2000, but then DL topped them. Since then, UA pilots have taken approx. 28% paycuts (even more maybe?) as part of the Ch. 11 restructuring. That agreement was signed in May 2003 and good through May 2009.

What happens at DL? Should be an interesting summer....if DL pilots and mgmt. don't start holding hands and becoming dear friends here really soon, it will be Ch. 11 time in Hotlanta.



User currently offlineTasha From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 49294 times:

BCAInfoSys,

My husband is 13 years older than I, and yes he is a cardiac surgeon. Hmmm, you might think all surgeons are ancient LOL  Laugh out loud !!! And if you have to ask a lady her age, I'm 22.

Tasha  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineUALongHaul From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 49279 times:

First of all trying to compare pilots salaries from around the world is pointless unless they are all on a universal currency. They are not.

Especially with recent valuations from USD to EUR and GBP, it is impossible to declare a true value to any one currency in relation to one another, unless the currency is paid out in "grains of rice" or some other type of universal barter system.

Saying that a DL pilot makes $400,000 (which is highly doubt to begin with) is better than a Air France pilot that makes 300,000 euro or whatver is pointless, as you cannot compare the two since they are reimbursed on an ever changing market.

Unless someone has a good system of dealing out grains of rice to everyone based on the actual payment they recieve that is non variable i would welcome more discussion about this. Simply converting a currency to another to compare at any one point in time is useless. Unless you have a good measure of the CPI for each area, comparing exchange rates for specific currencies is a horrible way to compare compensation and is totally a useless measure.


User currently offlineSQ452 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 49269 times:

SQ pilots are treated pretty decently, not the highest paid...if you wonder why the airlines in the US are in such financial hole right now, its the friggin pilots. we know one at DL and he lives comfortably, but honestly...you cant start cutting their pay...what to do what to do...




SIN > CVG > BOS
User currently offlineUALongHaul From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 49247 times:

Maybe society should consider paying bus drivers a little more. School bus drivers are paid dirt and are responsible for the well being of our children, often 50+ kids at a time. Pilots get a lot, and they are on a piece of equipment that flies itself most of the time with minimal human involvement. What was that stupid joke, Have a pilot and a dog in the cockpit, a pilot to be there if something goes wrong and a dog to bite the pilot if he tries to touch anything? Something like that. Pay the dog more, it has a harder job.

Paying bus drivers 25k a year and watching a delta pilot on an aircraft that flies itself $300,000+ is a joke. Airlines need to figure things out and remind pilots that anyone can be trained to fly a plane, you are not a rare wine or fine cheese.

Don't bother arguing with me about how pilots are the most important beings on earth because I am not buying it, and a lot of others here are not buying it either.


User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 49197 times:

Forget you UALonghaul, you're just another one who believes pilots are a despensable commodity these days. When that underpaid bus driver runs out of gas on his 50 seat diesel, all he'll do is pull it over. Watch what happens if your pilot forgot to top it off....then you'd pay him your life savings to get on the ground safely. That Delta pilot didn't go to school for 6 weeks and get his CDL....more like well over 6,000 hrs to get where he's at now, and they're paid for the responsibility and debt it took to get there.

And Boeings (or Airbusses if you swing that way) can be carrying 250+ kids at a time...same quality of life as your stupid bus. Last time I checked, flying has more possibility of injury then driving a few blocks to school. There's a reason aviation is so safe, and why bus accidents happen more frequently- because we have qualified people up there. If we didn't, everyone would go to being doctors, and the real Greyhound drivers would getting stick time.

Pleanty more to say, but I think you get the drift. Next time you fly, ask your pilot how hard he had to work to get there, and see how qualified he is compared to Mr. Greyhound...

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 49139 times:

What about AF1 Captain or the pilots of some Sheik or President (ahemm...is that term correct???) of Saudi or UAE?
From what I heard about their planes, I can imagine generous wages for the front office clerks...

P.S.: Excuse my lack of appropiate titles for Arabian governments and representatives, help happily accepted...



Putana da Seatbeltz!
User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1140 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 49135 times:

I've repeatedly heard "FedEx pilots are the best paid in the industry"... Of course, this probably means express/freight airlines, but here again, probably not...

FedEx's compensation systems often incorporate valuable items that do not necessarily mean take-home money. As UALonghaul put it, it would be impossible to measure just in whatever currency, but measurements would need to be made taking into consideration all prevailing conditions in the pilots' habitat and form of living...

I know FedEx pilots live very well, usually have got at least one higher-education degree in addition to being a pilot, and often are highly-decorated ex-military. Can anyone confirm/deny the foregoing?

__Ad.



A300/18/19/20/21 B721/2 B732/3/G/8 B741/2/4 B752 B762/3/4 B772/3 DC8/9/10 MD11 TU134/154 IL62/86 An24 SA340/2000 E45/90
User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 49108 times:

Correct Ad, FE pilots are just like Delta or American pilots, in terms of qualifications, etc....many guys who are applying for the airlines will apply to all of the afore mentioned, as the requirements are mostly similar. A few guys I knew went that way, but were expecting to go to a pax carrier, but now love FedEx...all in all, it's a great way to go, as packages aren't scared of flying  Smile

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3682 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 49060 times:

The better paid pilot is Michael S., paid 5 Millions Euros a month.
He doesn't work for an airline, but for a small car maker.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


25 AXESS : What are the least paid salary for pilot then. Which airline and what type of aircraft is he flying?
26 AXESS : What are the least paid salary for pilot then. Which airline and what type of aircraft is he of she flying?
27 MCOtoATL : Just yesterday a list of the most expensive cities came out. So trying to determine the best paid pilots could arguably depend at least partly on thei
28 Flykal : ... 7. Seoul, South Korea (8) Interesting to see Seoul listed as #7. Having moved from Sydney to Seoul with KE, I'd have to say that you can burn far
29 Tsully : Paying bus drivers 25k a year and watching a delta pilot on an aircraft that flies itself $300,000+ is a joke. Airlines need to figure things out and
30 Canoecarrier : How interesting, there was a thread on here not long ago asking, "Are flight attendants overpaid" Everyone spoke up saying, NO! they have to deal with
31 Flykal : Paying bus drivers 25k a year and watching a delta pilot on an aircraft that flies itself $300,000+ is a joke. Airlines need to figure things out and
32 CX flyboy : Surely for someone to participate on this forum they have to have some kind of a respect for aviation, or an understanding about how the industry work
33 Tasha : Adriaticus, My acquaintance is a Major in the USAF Reserve. I don't know if many of them are military pilots, but I would think so. Tasha
34 Buckfifty : But in general, Cathay Pacific Pilots are VERY well paid. Definitely higher than ANY US airlines. It was reported in 2001. I don't know what report th
35 Post contains images Captaink : Granted that when talking about the Best Paid Pilots In The World we may have to take consideration the conversion of currency. But it still isnt impo
36 Post contains images DeltaGuy : Tsully, Excellent response, couldn't agree with you more.....tell it like it is Seems like these kind of responses come up from time to time. Maybe ne
37 Captain777 : For Kuwait Airways pilots these are the (approx) salaries : Trainee : 2320 US DOLLARS monthly Co-Pilot : 5800 US DOLLARS monthy Captain : 10150 US DOL
38 Henpol747 : Guys, I think we are missing the point here, it´s not about where a pilot lives or how well he can live with his salary, but what pilots get more mon
39 VEEREF : As a pilot who's been in the industry for quite awhile, I will NEVER feel the need to apologize for my salary. By the time a pilot reaches that level
40 Post contains images DeltaGuy : Amen VEEREF....and welcome aboard a.net! Enjoy your stay with us, but you may find more of these little "anti pilot" discussions though... DeltaGuy
41 Post contains images PHLapproach : Not a single thing mentioned as of QF. Top seniority there on a 744 is i beleive 350,000 USD. Think about it, they have never had a major incident. Th
42 RogerThat : I just can't imagine a 35 year old heart surgeon (Tasha's reply 16). The doc who did my dad's bypass was in his early 40's and everybody thought that
43 United Airline : Cathay Pacific pilots are well paid. And yes there are LOTS of benefits like housing etc. But it was reported in CNN in 2001 during the strike that CX
44 YEGspotter : Just out of curiosity, does anyone know what the test pilots at both Airbus and Boeing are paid?? I was reading through all the replies on this topic,
45 Dl757md : So trying to determine the best paid pilots could arguably depend at least partly on their location A lot of pilots don't live in the city that they a
46 FSPilot747 : UALongHaul: You're either paid for what you do, or what you know. Airline Pilots on a day to day basis are paid for what they know. Your dermatologist
47 UALongHaul : If you pay based upon responsibility, bus drivers would also be paid as well or near pilots. Are you saying that a aircraft filled with people is more
48 VEEREF : UAL Longhaul, Hmmm...last time I checked a pilot's job was to move the aircraft: 1. Safely from point of origin to destination 2. On time from point o
49 Flyf15 : I'm a flight instructor...I'll be lucky if I make US$10,000 this year.
50 XFSUgimpLB41X : I'm a CRJ FO for one of the largest regional airlines in the country.... 20,000 a year. I have 40,000 dollars of licenses in my pocket, a college degr
51 Buckfifty : Top pilots made up to HK$ 4-5 million a year (US1=HK$ 7.8) Last time I checked, a senior captain nearing retirement makes about 1/4 of the figure you
52 9ETRNG : Cathay at one time was amongst the highest paying airlines for pilots. This is no longer the case. I have the current B scale salaries in front of me
53 Post contains links Mlsrar : Check out: http://www.airlinepilotpay.com Not sure how accurate it is, but it certainly is interesting to see the lack of parity between DL and other
54 ZKSUJ : Pilots = Bus Drivers - What a load of SH*T. Bus drivers can pull over when they run out of fuel, Pilots on the other hand can't. Bus drivers are able
55 Buckfifty : Maybe society should consider paying bus drivers a little more. School bus drivers are paid dirt and are responsible for the well being of our childre
56 Aa777jr : I dont know where you people are getting these numbers, but the majority of domestic (US) carriers have made severe cuts in payroll. My instructor and
57 Aa777jr : BTW...While the Concorde was in service, their Senior Captains (1-5 yrs from retirement) where making around 300,000 Brit Pounds. That beats out any D
58 YEGspotter : I don't think anyone is making claims that the passengers on an aircraft are any more or less valuable than that of a bus. The point that the pilots a
59 FSPilot747 : Aa777jr, I agree with you there. I personally don't know any pilots making more than 250K, and those guys have been with the line for years and years.
60 Dc10guy : They are all way over paid ....
61 The Coachman : My friend's father is a senior QF B744 captain, I think he would be roughtly $AUD250-300K, Dixon is a tight arse when it comes to pilot salaries, i me
62 Post contains images United Airline : Those making $ 4-5 million are probably management pilots who been working for many many years, top top ones. I trust the report, though it was report
63 Flymia : I heard UPS and United are the best paid.
64 XFSUgimpLB41X : United's pay is at the mercy of the bankruptcy stuff now...those guys are making peanuts of what they used to.
65 United Airline : YES UNITED WAS number 1 before. At least in the US. Not anymore..... What about Air Canada? Dragonair?[Edited 2004-06-23 07:37:03]
66 Henpol747 : So, what about Air France? aren´t they really that well paid?
67 MIASkies : Dont shoot the messenger!!! my disclaimer before you bite my head off haha But a VERY good friend of mine who is a Sr. Captain at AA flying for over 2
68 United Airline : During the industrial action Cathay Pacific had in 2001, no one else was willing to support CX as they all say that CX has the world's best paid pilot
69 BO__einG : Any large major airlines containing pilots making 100K or over is alot from what I consider. 200-400k is just sick.. That is so much money to be earne
70 BMAbound : Yup, I've heard it too, the grey haired guys at United make the most money. In the US, pilots get paid according to the MTOW of their aircraft ( ? ),
71 I LOVE EWR : Hey Gene, I am doing my training at BLM during the off season and see those Hawker guys all the time. NICE airplane.
72 N102daman : I usually don't like to post to these type of threads but here comes my little 2 cents worth. First of all I am not a pilot. I am a Gate Agent and I a
73 Boxsmasher : The problem is not pilot pay. It is a few pilots that choose to 'whore' themselves out for a lot less money than they usually are worth. Then, these L
74 United Airline : B 747-400 pilots are better paid than B 777 ones right? Guess CX/UA B 747-400 pilots are better paid than Delta B 777 pilots. I read on Next Magazine
75 Bellerophon : Aa777jr ...BTW...While the Concorde was in service, their Senior Captains (1-5 yrs from retirement) where making around 300,000 Brit Pounds... Complet
76 Azul320 : best paid valujet A quick way to get out of this ever unstable industry
77 Post contains images United Airline : Well I am just repeating what he said. I don't know much about concorde pilots mate....
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