Average Salary for Delta Air Lines Inc Employees

Based in Atlanta, Ga.,transportation sector player Delta Air Lines Inc offers many employment opportunities, including Flight Attendant and Airline Pilot or Copilot positions. A salary of $58K per year is the going rate at Delta Air Lines Inc. Though your city and your experience level do impact pay, your job title is the primary influence on employee salary at Delta Air Lines Inc. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Delta Air Lines Inc typically pays:
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Employer: Delta Air Lines Inc
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Flight Attendant (34)
$22,483 - $103,462  
[-]Flight Attendant (34)
Salary$21,349 - $55,643  
Bonus$38.05 - $2,825  
Profit Disbursement$187.77 - $3,315  
Total Pay$22,483 - $103,462  
[+]Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer (15)
$32,966 - $412,827  
[+]Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer (15)
Salary$28,596 - $218,256  
Bonus$256.21 - $16,498  
Profit Disbursement$1,584 - $18,948  
Total Pay$32,966 - $412,827  
[+]Customer Service Agent (11)
$18,449 - $54,938  
[+]Customer Service Agent (11)
Salary$27,894 - $56,186  
Bonus$69.56 - $3,116  
Profit Disbursement$246.28 - $3,402  
Total Pay$18,449 - $54,938  
[+]Airline Captain (8)
$70,688 - $396,214  
[+]Airline Captain (8)
Salary$70,828 - $238,836  
Bonus$1,431 - $26,527  
Profit Disbursement$2,131 - $27,404  
Total Pay$70,688 - $396,214  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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About This Company

Atlanta, Georgia 30354


Transportation, Air Transportation, Scheduled, Airline

Delta Airlines

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Typically, Airline Captains are the best paid with salaries hovering at $182K; Airline Pilots and Copilots, Senior Business Analysts, and Software Engineers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in approximately $162K, $83K, and around $68K, respectively. Financial compensation for Flight Attendants is rather low — only about $30K — relative to the rest of the company.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($120K annually) can be spotted in Detroit; New York ($85K), Los Angeles ($80K), and the company's headquarter city of Atlanta (approximately $68K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at about $40K) is Chicago. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Michigan; salaries there average to $120K per year.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, paychecks typically reach around $52K. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see an average salaries of about $67K. The largest slice of the Delta Air Lines Inc workforce (27 percent) has been working for 20 years or more and earns $86K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Airline Transport Pilots receive bigger paychecks ($180K) than those without credentials. FAA Pilot Licensees also rank high on the pay scale, with expected earnings of around $103K per year. Regarding salaries and education, Delta Air Lines Inc pays those with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science & Engineering the most — $167K.


Skill-wise, employees who report Operations Management as part of the toolkit report the most money, earning approximately $94K on average. One of the more prevalent skills at Delta Air Lines Inc is Data Analysis, with slightly less than a fifth considering it a key competency. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Project Management round out the set of key employee skills.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is in short supply here, with only one in four workers receiving paid vacation and one in three workers receiving paid sick days. A solid majority of workers plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. A fair portion of workers report having health insurance, and most workers report having dental coverage. Other privileges include life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and flexible hours.

Key Stats for Delta Air Lines Inc


31 %
69 %
$22,257 - $78,360
$37,405 - $102,856
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

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