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User currently offlineWiti747SJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (16 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

I wanna know how much is the salary of an airline transport pilot ?

Thanks in advance

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User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (16 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 1447 times:

At a major airline I believe that post probation salaries start at around 40k and some United 747 captains make as much as $270,000. At the regionals I believe the lowest salary is around $25,000, which seems like kind of a slap in the face considering someone with no education can make that out of high school. A corporate pilot can make anywhere from $25,000 to $150,000 depending on seniority and experience. Please correct me if I have come up erroneous figures, I got these from a pilot career book written by Rob Mark. Thanks,

Ben C.
Los Angeles, CA

User currently offlineHappy-flier From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 1431 times:

I'm just wondering, after reading Ben's post above, and also with regard to what I've heard similarly in the past: Why is there such a huge--apparently tenfold--difference between starting wage and that of a top-earner? Is experience that much of a factor, or are salaries commensurate with the level of one's training? I really don't know, but the latter point seems to make a lot of sense. Also, I agree that a $25K starting wage seems awfully low given a pilot's responsibility and required skill.

Happy Flying  

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User currently offlineYaki1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (16 years 1 month 15 hours ago) and read 1421 times:

Concerning the discrepancy between the regionals and the majors, it's hard to say. There is an economic theory that blames it on the unions monopoly of a skilled labor force. The expected result is a unusually low wage scale for the non-union labor and an exceptional rate for the unionized work force. I've seen some very qualified and experienced test/engineering pilots (for major airlines) earning one third the wage of a top seniorty line pilot on senior equipment. This may spark some discussion amongst the professional pilots in this forum.

User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3589 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (16 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 1400 times:

I think most if not all of us "professionals" aren't gonna talk about what we are paid.

Certainly supply & demand help set the rates and the supply of fully qualified and type rated Captains is much smaller than commercial multi-engine co-pilots. Tighter supply = higher price.

Unions monopoly of a skilled labor force theory is just that.... a theory. In reality ALPA has been unable to keep pilot salaries in line with inflation since the dawn of deregulation.

1. An airline pilot is nothing more than a glorified bus driver. True. I know what I am and pulling to the side of the road when things break is just a wee bit tougher than for a bus driver.

2. I earn my salary once a trip.
I earn my annual salary once a month.
I earn everybody's annual salary once a year.

Just some things to think about.  

*NO CARRIER* -- A Naval Aviator's worst nightmare!
User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (16 years 1 month 7 hours ago) and read 1379 times:

I heard somewhere that 777 pilots get paid close to $300,000 a year! Can someone tell me if this is true cuz if so, that is an OCEANLOAD of money! WOW!


User currently offlineDeltaAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1094 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (16 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 1365 times:

Delta Air Lines 777 Pilots are getting paid around $250,000-$265,000. That is the highest in the industry for the 777.

User currently offlineUPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (16 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 1370 times:


This will show UPS's compensation package there are also more items on the site.

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