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.