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Pilot Salaries

Sat Dec 09, 2000 11:50 pm

Can someone please provide info and even like a scale or something with a range of Pilots' salaries. I really wanna be a pilot but i have no clue about the salaries. (I know money isn't the reason to be a pilot, but i am still interested.)

Thanks in advance,
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RE: Pilot Salaries

Sun Dec 10, 2000 12:04 am

I want to be a pilot as well.

With Singapore Airlines it is $8500 a month

which equates to S$110500 a year (13 months as they give 12 months + 1 month bonus)

In US$ that equates to $63 521.10

There are perks as well as well as free and discounted travel, accmodation, school money and health and dental care.

Figures based on 747-400 after Training. During the first five years, subsidised payments are made to pay off some of the training.

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RE: Pilot Salaries

Sun Dec 10, 2000 12:55 am

737 F/O at United i hear makes $120,000US on average and it tops out at Senior captain making $343,000US...no joke. But then there are commuters. PSA (Dornier 328s in US Airways Express colors) pays $17.95 an hour with guaranteed 72 hours a month. Not too good but the benefits are good. Commuters are just a stepping stone to bigger and better things

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RE: Pilot Salaries

Sun Dec 10, 2000 2:50 am

thanks for the comments.

Anyone else?
So say: I go to ERAU, get my Multi Commercial, graduate and get a deal with some company. If i graduate when i'm 22, how much can i expect to make by teh time I'm 25? 30? This takes into account moving up in seniority, aircraft, etc.


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RE: Pilot Salaries

Sun Dec 10, 2000 3:09 am

I have Always wanted to fly for the majors, I didnt even care about the salaries. I thought that the salaries were low! But when I found out it made me more eager.
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RE: Pilot Salaries

Sun Dec 10, 2000 4:23 am

The do not quite make $300,000+. Pilot salaries range from 50,000 to about 250,000 USD's.
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RE: Pilot Salaries

Sun Dec 10, 2000 5:31 am

Remember though Singapor and United airlines are one of the biggest airlines. Chances are is that you wont start off at a "big" airline and the commuter stuff pays around 15-40 thousand a year private stuff is around 20-80 so i hear and the u will have your big airline stuff which is substancialy more.
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Sun Dec 10, 2000 6:48 am

someone said that Commuters pay $17.95/hour for 72 hrs/month.

Well, what does the Pilot do the rest of the time? That only equals a little over 20 hrs of work per week. As an employee, do you do other things "on the ground" or is it just 20 hrs/week ??
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RE: Hours

Sun Dec 10, 2000 7:22 am

Bruce, the 72 hrs a month is just the flying time involved, there is a lot of other time dedicated to ground procedure, filing flight plans, checking weather, checking the plane etc. etc. Add about 2 hours onto every flight to account for these things and you'll have a more accurate reading on how long you work in a month. It is still a lot of time off, but then that's one of the perks of being a pilot!

As for the salaries. I know the starting figures for the turboprops here in Canada is around $18000 Canadian. I'm afraid I have to disagree with Iain up there, I heard that a United 747 captain makes $348,000 American a year, however depending one what country you are flying in the salaries will differ, for example, I doubt a 747 captain at Air Canada makes more than $320000 Canadian. Not bad money for so-called 'work'!
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RE: Hours

Sun Dec 10, 2000 7:22 am

The other time, is the time in between flights. We are only paid for the time in the air, we also get per diem, about $1.30 per hour with most commuters. Last month I was on duty, at the airport for 250 hours, a little over 60 hours a week, so a lot more then just the 20 hours in the previous post. We may not fly as much as most people work, but we are still on just as long, if not considerabily longer
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RE: Bruce

Sun Dec 10, 2000 9:49 am

Bruce I see on your bio that you are are TV Director. I think it is important that you and everyone understand that pay for a crew member is "block time",only when that door is closed for flight. As was said above I will do well over 200 hrs of duty time to get my 80 hrs of flight time. So CO is getting 120 hrs of work from me that is not on the clock. Understand that this is the way it has always been and always will be. But remember this when you hear someone going crazy about my hourly payrate!
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RE: TurbineBeaver

Sun Dec 10, 2000 10:45 am

Ok, lets assume all goes well for you, the economy stays relatively ok and you graduate ERAU at 22 years old. (The following does not include inflation and is based on the year 2000)

22: Flight Instruct $15,000/yr Cessna 172
23: Flight Instruct $18,000/yr Cessna 172
24: Commuter FO $25,000/yr Regional Jet
25: Commuter FO $28,000/yr Regional Jet
26: Commuter FO $30,000/yr Regional Jet
27: Commuter Capt $55,000/yr Regional Jet
28: Commuter Capt $60,000/yr Regional Jet
29: Commuter Capt $65,000/yr Regional Jet
30: Major FO $30,000/yr Boeing 737
31: Major FO $50,000/yr Boeing 737
32: Major FO $80,000/yr Boeing 757
35: Major FO $100,000/yr Boeing 767
40: Major Capt $180,000/yr Boeing 737
45: Major Capt $200,000/yr Boeing 757
50: Major Capt $250,000/yr Boeing 767
55: Major Capt $280,000/yr Boeing 777
60: Major Capt $310,000/yr Boeing 747

Keep in mind, not all pilots will follow this track. Also, Pilot Hiring came to a screeching halt in the late 80's and didn't pick up again till the mid to late 90's. There were a lot of guys who were at the commuters for 10+ years. Not many people can put their personal lives on hold for that long, and the economy can tank again.

Good Luck, I hope you get what you want,


RE: Pilot Salaries

Sun Dec 10, 2000 1:18 pm

I have an instructor who just started and he is throwing garbage out at our school. I'm his first student and let me tell you, I've flown with couple of them and this guy is so cool. Really trying his best. I guess it's just the way you have to start but wait couple of years and I know this guys will be working for major. Hey whhhhaaaaatttsssss'up all the student pilots?

RE: Pilot Salaries

Sun Dec 10, 2000 11:56 pm

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RE: Pilot Salaries

Sun Dec 10, 2000 11:59 pm

geeze guys can anyone post a friendly message? seriously someone just asked a simple question and you all get into a whole big to do about nothing over it. Give it a break, Salaries vary from airline, experience, and kinda of plane. there are no set prices never have been never will be, some years you may make more or less depending on how well you do and how respnsible you are and the whole works, and if you don't belive me I'll have my friend who is a 727-200 for ATA Captain write you all a letter telling you.
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RE: Pilot Salaries

Sun Dec 10, 2000 11:59 pm

her is the answer:


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