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.
I'll do my own airline. With Blackjack. And hookers. In fact, forget the airline.