Ben88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1142 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,
Happy-flier From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 298 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1126 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.
May the wind be always at your back . . . except during takeoff & landing.
Yaki1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1116 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.