And you're an ERAU grad? My fellow alumnus, once you see how "little" is done in an airliner, I hope you remember that statement you made.
Anyhow, let me tell a quick "story". I was a starving CFI back in 1995 and I got offered a job at Skyway Airlines whose starting salary was $14,000/year. I thought "big deal! I'm just flying from point A to point B, I have no students to teach and I'm getting all of that multi-engine turbine time, no problem!"
That lasted for about two flights before I realized how much work being an airline pilot actually is. Up in the midwest, you can fly for days without seeing the sun. Either you're dodging thunderstorms or loading-on ice onto the wings. There's days when I flew over 8 hours, with almost as many hours in IMC, did 5 approaches to 1800 RVR, a missed approach and a diversion to boot. Being a pilot is very demanding work.
Plus then, you have to handle passengers, dispatchers, doublecheck their paperwork, doublecheck yours and repeat the whole process for 8 to 10 legs five days a week. Not including training on your off days.
Keep in mind that all of this is for a income that you can make at McDonalds.
Now I'm responsible for hundreds of passengers, in and out of high density airports, and some small airports like Boise, through all sorts of weather and aircraft malfunctions (believe me, they happen) and the pay should correspond to the level of responsibility you have.
A pilot makes a mistake and my parents lose a son, my girlfriend loses her boyfriend and Delta loses a $60 million aircraft, is exposed to billions of dollars in pending lawsuits and lots of people die. That's a fact.
If you think airline pilots are overpaid and underworked, just what would think that UAL Captain Al Haynes (United 232/DC-10) should earn per year?
If anyone thinks I'm full of it, I'd more than welcome a personal response.
Give me a mile of road I can take you a mile, give me a mile of runway and I can show you the world.