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Average Salary for Delta Air Lines Inc Employees

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Delta Air Lines Inc offers a range of employment opportunities in the transportation, from Flight Attendant to Airline Pilot or Copilot. Employees at Delta Air Lines Inc make $62K annually on average. Geography plays the largest role in compensation at Delta Air Lines Inc, but what you do at the company and how long you've been working affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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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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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Flight Attendant (27)
$23,639 - $102,927  
[-]Flight Attendant (27)
Salary$22,060 - $73,355  
Bonus$74.69 - $2,713  
Total Pay$23,639 - $102,927  
[+]Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer (13)
$28,852 - $429,563  
[+]Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer (13)
Salary$28,188 - $219,046  
Bonus$387.02 - $21,387  
Profit Disbursement$1,492 - $20,048  
Total Pay$28,852 - $429,563  
[+]Customer Service Agent (9)
$18,291 - $42,903  
[+]Customer Service Agent (9)
Bonus$84.29 - $2,696  
Profit Disbursement$319.70 - $3,445  
Total Pay$18,291 - $42,903  
[+]Airline Captain (8)
$103,881 - $402,615  
[+]Airline Captain (8)
Salary$84,514 - $260,875  
Profit Disbursement$2,330 - $29,588  
Total Pay$103,881 - $402,615  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169

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About This Company

Atlanta, Georgia 30354


Transportation, Air Transportation, Scheduled, Airline

Delta Airlines

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Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at about $37K) is Honolulu, Hawaii. By state, Delta Air Lines Inc employees make the most in California, earning approximately $110K per year on average.


Earning around $184K annually on average, Airline Captains receive the most money, followed by Airline Pilots and Copilots ($167K), Aviation Program Managers ($99K), and Operations Managers ($83K). Among the lower-paid positions at Delta Air Lines Inc are Flight Attendants — the median salary for this role approaches about $30K.

Years of Experience

Average pay is around $78K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Delta Air Lines Inc employees (31 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn $57K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Airline Transport Pilots receive bigger paychecks ($180K per year) than those without credentials. FAA Pilot Licensees with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at approximately $110K annually. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science & Engineering; Delta Air Lines Inc awards $167K to these degree-holders.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Project Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $87K per year. A garden variety skill at Delta Air Lines Inc is Microsoft Excel; approximately one-seventh of Delta Air Lines Inc's people use it regularly. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Data Analysis, Customer Relationship Management, and SQL.

Benefits and Perks

Only a quarter of employees enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. A large number of respondents save for retirement through Delta Air Lines Inc's 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of survey participants, and a solid majority of respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. The list of perks also includes life insurance, a casual working environment, a stock purchase plan, and a company 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 28 votes.
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