I think the United guy is a greedy Bas**rd too! Now I know what the guys at the non-major freight companies, non-sked's and regionals make and they are grossly underpaid just like my fellow workers.
I get sick of "pilots this and pilots that". Yeah, what you guys do is pretty cool. I dont take away from your training and skill it takes to do your jobs, but their are many others who make this business run well.
Lets not forget about the Dispatchers, Ramp Guys and Flight Attenants too..
Any of you know what a first year Flight Attendant makes? Would you be surprised to know its less than $1000 a month?
JETPILOT and ATRpilot, I feel for you guys too. I know your position and sense your pain. But ya know, in due time you guys could be making that kinda money that the United guy is whining about. And us lowly types will still be down here making our same pityful wage.
What I would like to know is how come airlines can get away with paying mechanics so little?
The starting wage at my airline is around $14 per hour. We top out around $22 an hour. Are we any less important that pilots who make $100,000 a year?
Majors start their mechanics out around $17 an hour for Line Mx. Whats the average starting pay for an F/O on the Fokker 100 or DC-9? A hell of a lot more than that, I assure you.
Most people who work in computers make more than the average mechanic. And I'm sure they are worth the $20+ an hour they make for what they do.
It just pains me to know that Aircraft Maintenance Technicians are considered UNSKILLED labor by the US Department of Labor.
Check out this site that lists mechanic wages
For those of you who do not know, their is a shortage of A&P's here in the U.S. and its just getting worse. Skilled people are leaving the industry to work in other fields that have better pay and benefits. Better working conditions and no more shift work.
At my airline, we have over 20 openings and have been loosing a few guys a month for the past several months. These people were highly trained and now they can't even be replaced with new-hires as no one wants to work midnights in the freezing cold or in the rain at $14-15 an hour.
But please, dont get me wrong. I love my job. I just wish we were paid what we are worth. We're not asking for $100K a year, but $50-60K would be nice.
I sure hope my mom doesnt find out I work on airplanes. She thinks I play piano down at the whorehouse...