Pilot Salary

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Captain Pay Charts

CAPTAIN PAY SCALE

Year

737-800

737-900

757-300

767-300

767-400ER

A319

A320

A321

A330-200

B717

A350

A330-900

A220

12

284

286

296

296

334

274

274

286

334

256

354

339

263

11

282

283

293

293

332

272

272

283

332

254

351

336

260

10

280

281

290

290

329

270

270

281

329

252

349

334

257

9

279

279

287

287

327

268

268

279

327

250

346

331

254

8

276

277

285

285

324

266

266

277

324

248

343

329

252

7

273

275

283

283

322

264

264

275

322

246

341

326

250

6

271

273

281

281

320

262

262

273

320

244

338

324

248

5

269

270

278

278

317

260

260

270

317

242

335

321

246

4

267

268

276

276

314

257

257

268

314

240

333

324

244

3

265

266

274

274

312

255

255

266

312

238

330

316

242

2

263

264

272

272

309

253

253

264

309

236

327

313

240

1

261

262

269

269

307

251

251

262

307

235

325

311

238

CAPTAIN PAY SCALE

Year

757-200

777

A319

A320

737-7

737-8

737-9

757-3

767-2

767-3

767-4

787

12

283

352

272

283

272

283

283

293

293

293

352

352

11

281

349

270

281

270

281

281

290

290

290

349

349

10

279

347

268

279

268

279

279

287

287

287

347

347

9

277

344

265

277

265

277

277

284

284

284

344

344

8

275

341

263

275

263

275

275

282

282

282

341

341

7

273

339

261

273

261

273

273

280

280

280

339

339

6

270

336

259

270

259

270

270

278

278

278

336

336

5

268

333

257

268

257

268

268

276

276

276

333

333

4

266

331

255

266

255

266

266

273

273

273

331

331

3

264

328

253

264

253

264

264

271

271

271

328

328

2

262

325

251

262

251

262

262

269

269

269

325

325

1

260

323

249

260

249

260

260

267

267

267

323

323

CAPTAIN PAY SCALE

Year

737

777

A320

787

12

190

234

190

234

11

188

231

188

231

10

186

229

186

229

9

184

226

184

226

8

182

224

182

224

7

178

219

178

219

6

173

213

173

213

5

169

208

169

208

4

165

203

165

203

3

161

198

161

198

2

137

169

137

169

1

90

90

90

90

CAPTAIN PAY SCALE

Year

737

757

767-300

777

A300

MD10

MD11

15

289

289

335

335

335

335

335

14

285

285

332

332

332

332

332

13

282

282

328

328

328

328

328

12

280

280

326

326

326

326

326

11

277

277

322

322

322

322

322

10

273

273

319

319

319

319

319

9

270

270

315

315

315

315

315

8

269

269

314

314

314

314

314

7

267

267

312

312

312

312

312

6

266

266

311

311

311

311

311

5

264

264

310

310

310

310

310

4

263

263

309

309

309

309

309

3

261

261

308

308

308

308

308

2

260

260

307

307

307

307

307

1

234

263

276

276

276

276

276

 

CAPTAIN PAY SCALE

Year

737

15

338

14

334

13

331

12

329

11

325

10

321

9

317

8

316

7

315

6

314

5

312

4

311

3

310

2

309

1

50


First Officer Pay Charts

FIRST OFFICER PAY SCALE

Year

A319

A320

A321

B717

A350

B738

B739

B763ER

B764ER

A332

B757

A330-900

A220

12

187

187

195

175

242

194

195

202

228

228

202

232

180

11

186

186

193

173

240

192

193

200

226

226

200

229

177

10

183

183

191

171

237

191

191

197

224

224

197

227

175

9

181

181

189

169

234

188

189

194

221

221

194

224

172

8

179

179

187

167

232

186

187

192

219

218

192

222

170

7

175

175

183

164

226

182

183

188

214

214

188

217

166

6

171

171

178

159

220

177

178

183

208

208

183

211

162

5

166

166

173

155

215

172

173

178

203

203

178

206

158

4

162

162

169

152

210

168

169

174

198

198

174

201

154

3

159

159

165

148

205

164

165

170

194

194

170

196

150

2

136

136

141

126

175

141

141

145

165

165

145

168

128

1

92

92

92

92

92

92

92

92

92

92

92

92

92

FIRST OFFICER PAY SCALE

Year

737-500

737-700

737-800

737-900

757-200

757-300

767-200

767-300

767-400

777

A319

A320

787

12

186

186

193

193

193

200

200

200

240

240

186

193

240

11

184

184

192

192

192

198

198

198

238

238

184

192

238

10

182

182

190

190

190

196

196

196

236

236

182

190

236

9

180

180

187

187

187

193

193

193

233

233

180

187

233

8

178

178

185

185

185

191

191

191

230

230

178

185

230

7

174

174

181

181

181

186

186

186

225

225

174

181

225

6

169

169

176

176

176

181

181

181

219

219

169

176

219

5

165

165

172

172

172

177

177

177

214

214

165

172

214

4

161

161

168

168

168

173

173

173

209

209

161

168

209

3

157

157

164

164

164

168

168

168

204

204

157

164

204

2

134

134

140

140

140

144

144

144

174

174

134

140

174

1

91

91

91

91

91

91

91

91

91

91

91

91

91

FIRST OFFICER PAY SCALE

Year

737

777

A320

787

12

190

234

190

234

11

188

231

188

231

10

186

229

186

229

9

184

226

184

226

8

182

224

182

224

7

178

219

178

219

6

173

213

173

213

5

169

208

169

208

4

165

203

165

203

3

161

198

161

198

2

137

169

137

169

1

90

90

90

90


FIRST OFFICER PAY SCALE

Year

737

757

767-300

777

A300

MD10

MD11

15

209

209

237

237

237

237

237

14

208

208

236

236

236

236

236

13

207

207

234

234

234

234

234

12

206

206

233

233

233

233

233

11

199

199

227

227

227

227

227

10

192

192

221

221

221

221

221

9

185

185

215

215

215

215

215

8

181

181

210

210

210

210

210

7

177

177

206

206

206

206

206

6

173

173

202

202

202

202

202

5

169

169

198

198

198

198

198

4

166

166

194

194

194

194

194

3

162

162

191

191

191

191

191

2

156

156

190

190

190

190

190

1

81

81

84

84

84

84

84

 

FIRST OFFICER PAY SCALE

Year

All

15

239

14

238

13

236

12

235

11

229

10

223

9

217

8

212

7

208

6

204

5

200

4

196

3

192

2

192

1

50

 

 

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When you start looking for your first airline pilot job, the pilot pay scales that you find online can be a bit daunting. So many factors go into calculating a pilot’s pay that it is anything but a straightforward equation. Few other jobs have as complicated a pay structure as do professional aviators.

Luckily, there is plenty of information out there to help you compare companies. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you must figure out the total salary that the company is paying, at least approximately. Comparing hourly pay rates is like comparing 777s to C-172s.

How Do Airline Pilot Salary Tables Work?

Airline pilot pay is usually classified into different rigs or methods of calculating pay. There’s no easy answer to figure out a pilot’s salary because there are so many different factors that affect it.

For one thing, in many cases, pilots must be available for work. That means time spent “on-call” is part of the working day, even though they might not be at the controls of an aircraft.

Nearly all pilot jobs are broken down into trips. A trip can be a single day, or it can be several weeks long. A trip is usually broken down into many legs, and it may or may not return to the starting point.

It’s essential to realize the differences in how pilots are paid at a company to compare companies to one another. One company may seem to pay significantly better, but in reality, their rig ratios are just different.

Hourly Pay Rigs

In simple terms, airline pilots are paid based on the time they are actually flying. The Federal Aviation Regulations limit that number to 1,000 hours per year in the United States.

Most airline pilot pay contracts have a minimum monthly guarantee to make missed flights due to scheduling, equipment, or weather less of a factor in pay. The typical monthly guarantee is between 60 and 80 hours.

Trip Rig Pay


Some jobs pay their pilots based on a percentage of their total time out on a trip. They aren’t flying the entire time, so the percentage varies from company to company. Ratios are usually between 1:3 and 1:5.

For example, if a pilot set out on a 48-hour trip and the company pays a 1:4 ratio, the pilot would receive hourly pay for 12 hours.

Duty Rig Pay


Alternatively, many companies pay by duty time during a trip. In this case, during a 48-hour trip, a pilot might be on duty for 16 hours (eight hours per day).

As with trip rig pay, the company will have a duty rig ratio set up. 1:2 is a common ratio, so the pilot would be paid for eight hours in this example.

Block Rig Pay


Some companies instead track the actual time flying a trip. If this is the case, the ratio of pay is usually 1:1. If during a 48-hour trip, the pilot flew the plane for several flights, all totaling 14.2 hours, they will be paid for 14.2 hours.

Per Diem Pay


Another term you’ll hear often is “per diem” pay. This is the amount an airline pays for time spent on trips away from a pilot’s base. It’s meant to cover food and miscellaneous expenses. Per diem is a small hourly amount that is calculated for every hour spent away from home.

Quality of Life and Pilot Pay

These different hourly pay rigs are used since different companies do so many different types of flying. Regional airlines, for example, may have many short hops during one trip, whereas a major carrier might have only one or two legs. The block rig pay may favor a pilot at a major airline, but the regional airline worker is more likely to appreciate a duty or trip rig. It all depends on scheduling.

All of this is not to say that one way is better than the other. It’s only to help you realize that beyond the actual numbers, how a pilot’s pay is calculated speaks to their quality of life, how much they enjoy the work, and how much time off they get.

Why Does Airline Pilot Pay Range Matter?

Besides getting bogged down in the minutia of how a pilot’s pay is calculated, you’ll also want to figure out how large of a range a company offers.

Most company pay scales are tiered based on the number of years you’ve held a position and the type of equipment being flown.

As you might expect, the lowest rates are paid for first-year first officers on the smallest or oldest equipment. The highest rates are for the most senior captains of the largest, most advanced planes.

It’s relatively easy to look at these tables and figure out where and how you’ll start out. But an equally important question will become, how long will it take until you can move up to another tier on the table?

Why Do Pilot Salary Amounts Start So Low?


A very common question regarding airline pilot salary amounts is why the first year starts so low. Many companies pay very well, but the company must build in the cost to train a new pilot and get them line-ready during year one.

It also stands that as one of the least senior pilots at a company, year one pilots will get the worst schedules with the most standby time. They’ll often wind up hitting the minimum pay requirements.

How Soon You Upgrade is Important


An upgrade at an airline might mean training on new equipment, but the most significant change comes when a first officer moves to the left seat.

In many cases, the jump to the captain’s pay scale can double even the most senior first officer’s pay. Time to upgrade to captain is nearly always based chiefly on retirements and pilot attrition. You can find the number of anticipated upcoming retirements for airlines online.

Seniority Rules


In all of these cases, pilot salary is like most things in the airline pilot world–based on seniority at the company. Seniority determines which plane you fly, where you live (or at least where your base is), and how long you have to wait for upgrades.

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