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Average Salary for Delta Air Lines Inc Employees

Based in Atlanta, Ga.,transportation player Delta Air Lines Inc offers many employment opportunities, including Flight Attendant and Airline Pilot or Copilot positions. Employees at Delta Air Lines Inc make $62K per year on average. The most important factor affecting pay for Delta Air Lines Inc employees is your city, though what you do at the company and your experience level play a role as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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About This Company

Atlanta, Georgia 30354


Transportation, Air Transportation, Scheduled, Airline

Delta Airlines

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High paychecks are not found in Honolulu, Hawaii; in fact, at $37K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Within the firm, employees working in California take home the most — about $160K annually on average.


Nearing the top of the pay scale are Airline Captains, Airline Pilots and Copilots, Aviation Program Managers, and Operations Managers; while the first receives the highest median pay at approximately $184K per year, the other salaries come in at $167K, $99K, and around $83K, respectively. Flight Attendants at Delta Air Lines Inc do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (about $30K on average) at the company.

Years of Experience

Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $78K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Delta Air Lines Inc employees (33 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn $57K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Being an Airline Transport Pilot certainly has its perks — salaries approach approximately $180K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Acquiring certification to be a FAA Pilot Licensee is rewarded with median pay of $110K 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 highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be SQL; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of about $86K annually. A common skill in Delta Air Lines Inc's work force is Project Management; about one in six of survey participants report using it on the job. Microsoft Excel, Customer Relationship Management, and Data Analysis round out the set of key employee skills.

Benefits and Perks

The company does pay out vacation and sick days, but these benefits are received by only a quarter of workers. A large number of workers contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. Health insurance is part of the package for a strong majority of respondents, and for a solid majority of employees, dental coverage is too. Privileges also include life insurance, a casual working environment, a stock purchase plan, and a subsidized cell phone.

Key Stats for Delta Air Lines Inc


30 %
70 %
$31,208 - $79,926
$42,956 - $120,392
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 29 votes.
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