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Average Salary for Delta Air Lines Inc Employees

Operating out of Atlanta, Georgia, transportation company Delta Air Lines Inc employs talent in positions ranging from Airline Pilot or Copilot to Flight Attendant. Compensation for Delta Air Lines Inc employees tends to be around $59K per year. Though where you live and your experience level are influential salary factors for those at Delta Air Lines Inc, what you do at the company turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.

How This Employer Pays

Delta Air Lines Inc typically pays:
below market
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at market
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Employer: Delta Air Lines Inc
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Flight Attendant (31)
$21,905 - $105,322  
[-]Flight Attendant (31)
Salary$21,033 - $53,616  
Bonus$39.70 - $2,491  
Profit Disbursement$217.10 - $3,493  
Total Pay$21,905 - $105,322  
[+]Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer (17)
$33,535 - $430,651  
[+]Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer (17)
Salary$28,596 - $218,256  
Bonus$334.32 - $15,508  
Profit Disbursement$1,501 - $15,381  
Total Pay$33,535 - $430,651  
[+]Customer Service Agent (11)
$18,449 - $54,938  
[+]Customer Service Agent (11)
Salary$28,466 - $55,376  
Bonus$71.75 - $3,027  
Profit Disbursement$239.17 - $3,372  
Total Pay$18,449 - $54,938  
[+]Airline Captain (8)
$67,498 - $387,885  
[+]Airline Captain (8)
Salary$70,982 - $240,628  
Bonus$1,718 - $29,739  
Total Pay$67,498 - $387,885  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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Delta Air Lines Inc Details

Atlanta, Georgia 30354


Transportation, Air Transportation, Scheduled, Airline

Delta Airlines

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Nearing the top of the pay scale are Airline Captains, Airline Pilots and Copilots, General Project Leaders, and Software Engineers; while the first receives the highest median pay at $182K, the other salaries come in at about $162K, $76K, and approximately $68K, respectively. At around $30K, Flight Attendants are among the lowest paid at Delta Air Lines Inc.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($125K annually) can be spotted in New York; Detroit ($120K), Los Angeles (about $80K), and the company's headquarter city of Atlanta ($65K) are the next top-paying cities. Chicago ranks low on the pay scale — at around $40K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Michigan; salaries there average to $120K per year.

Years of Experience

For employees with five to ten years at the company, wages tend to be at the approximately $65K mark. Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically about $52K. By and large, the biggest segment of Delta Air Lines Inc's workforce (27 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and take home $80K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to $180K for Airline Transport Pilots, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Earning a FAA Pilot Licensee certification garners significant financial rewards of approximately $103K per year. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science & Engineering; Delta Air Lines Inc awards around $167K to these degree-holders.


The best paying skill to have in this role appears to be Operations Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $94K. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Excel; just under one-fifth consider it a key competency. A typical employee's toolkit also contains Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Project Management.

Benefits and Perks

One in four workers have paid vacation, and only about 35 percent can take paid time off for illness. Delta Air Lines Inc sponsors a 401(k) program, and a solid majority of workers use this option to save for their retirement. A fair portion of workers report having health insurance, and most workers report having dental coverage. Some other perks are life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and flexible hours.

Key Stats

31 %
69 %
$22,060 - $78,913
$37,147 - $103,317
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

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