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How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Mon May 24, 2004 12:22 pm

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?
 
JAL777
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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Mon May 24, 2004 12:24 pm

$15,000 - $400,000 a year. Its all over the place.
 
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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Mon May 24, 2004 12:53 pm

This website should prove useful.

http://www.airlinepilotpay.com

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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Mon May 24, 2004 12:57 pm

With seniority, easily 400,000 in the 6 figure area. Lucky...Lucky...Lucky...All the fun...Plenty of money  Smile
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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Mon May 24, 2004 2:44 pm

What happens after year 12? Do pilots just max out then?
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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Mon May 24, 2004 3:20 pm

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.
 
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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Mon May 24, 2004 3:21 pm

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.
 
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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Mon May 24, 2004 7:39 pm

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.
 
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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Mon May 24, 2004 10:14 pm

airline pilots ... statisically speaking, average pay is $100,000. in my humble opinion.
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mikedlayer
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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Mon May 24, 2004 10:25 pm

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

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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Mon May 24, 2004 10:49 pm

 
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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Mon May 24, 2004 11:59 pm

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!

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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Tue May 25, 2004 3:03 am

Too much.....the unions, as they do everywhere, keep pay levels artificially high....it's very counterproductive
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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Wed May 26, 2004 3:55 am

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.
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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Wed May 26, 2004 9:31 am

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......
 
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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Wed May 26, 2004 10:40 am

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

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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Wed May 26, 2004 10:44 am

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.
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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Wed May 26, 2004 11:08 am

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.
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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Wed May 26, 2004 11:14 am

http://www.airlinepilotpay.com


cheers

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RE: How Much Do Pilots Get Paid?

Wed May 26, 2004 11:17 am

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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