southwestguru wrote:Bear in mind that pilots incur huge amounts of debt just to get their practically-minimum-wage salaries at the regionals
I started 4 years ago at my regional at no less than $60k a year. As a captain, I make six figures. Hardly minimum wage.
I know you're trying to be sympathetic, but don't talk about things you know nothing about unless you list a source.
Ask the people that have been at your regional a few years longer what they started at. Good starting pay at regionals is a very recent phenomenon. One that may reverse soon as well as regionals won’t need signing bonuses to attract pilots.
When I started at my last regional almost 13 years ago minimum guarantee would have paid me $17,118 per year plus per-diem. Part way through that first year we secured a raise that raised minimum guarantee to $20,700. Technically neither was minimum wage but it’s pretty close.