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User currently offlineBlackbird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 7 months 12 hours ago) and read 1424 times:

Hypothetically, assuming the pilot is from American Airlines..

Which pilot gets payed more, an MD-11 pilot, or a 777-200 pilot

And how much extra does a check-pilot for those types respectively get payed... I remember hearing these pilots receive a certain prestige and I would figure they'd get payed more, that's why I asked.

Just curious, thank you

-Blackbird



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User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 1364 times:

It depends more on how long they have been with the company. Also please remember that just because you are a 747-400 pilot that does not mean you are better then a 737 pilot. With BA you do not get payed for flying larger equipment, infact many senior guys there fly 737's. And the #1 of Ansett last year flew a A320!
Iain


User currently offlineBlackbird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

Okay, this hypothetical person had a total of 20 years flying (11 with current company = AA in this case), approximately 17,000 hours to their credit.

Could you provide a pay estimate, providing they were a well-respected pilot?


-BBird


User currently offlineDakotaSport From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 1338 times:


THEY ALL GET PAID TOO MUCH!!!!!!!!


User currently offlineLuckySevens From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 1338 times:

DakotaSport,

The only one paid too much around here is let's see.......YOU!


User currently offlineSkyWestPilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 1336 times:

Not sure about the rest of the world, but typically a guy with the same amount of time with the company will get more money flying the larger aircraft. I don't have the payscale for American, but do have some numbers from United airlines. Here are the 10-year captain payrates (these are based on 78 hours/month):
B747-400 $220
B747-200 $209
B777 $200
B757/767 $179
A319/320 $172
B727 $163
B737 $151

Yeah, it looks like a lot of money, but it takes a long time to get there. One cannot go right from flight school into United. I've been at this career for over 10 years now still making under $20K a year at a regional airline. Granted I took my time, but there are very few major airline pilots under the age of 30. Meanwhile my friend, the computer network guru, is making $70K a year and he's only been out of college 5 years!

- Chris


User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3474 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 1338 times:

>Hypothetically, assuming the pilot is from American Airlines..
>Which pilot gets payed more, an MD-11 pilot, or a 777-200 pilot

777 pilot pay is greater than MD11 pilot pay.

>And how much extra does a check-pilot for those types respectively get payed...
>I remember hearing these pilots receive a certain prestige and I would
>figure they'd get payed more, that's why I asked.

Check Airmen receive a monthly salary, not based on actual flying. Rough figure one can use is about 15% greater pay for being a Check Airman. Not exact and each Check Airman's situation is different. Check Airmen also average more days away from home and a whole lot more days in simulators than typical line pilots. Also much much more paperwork.

>Okay, this hypothetical person had a total of 20 years flying

Has no bearing on AA pay/pay rates.

>...(11 with current company = AA in this case),

11 year AA pilot would be very fairly junior Captain and therefore not MD11 or B777 Captain. Certainly not MD11 or B777 Check Airman. More likely 737/MD80/767/757 Captain -- no more MD90 Captains after next month.  Crying

>...approximately 17,000 hours to their credit.

No bearing on anything at AA.

>Could you provide a pay estimate, providing they were a well-respected pilot?

Respect has nothing to do with pay. Seniority and seniority only (as is most everything else in an airline pilot's career). OTOH, AA does not hire pilots, AA hires future Captains. If you can not pass upgrade training, you will be "offered" early retirement.  Wink/being sarcastic



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