The highest paychecks go to Airline Captains, who earn an average approximately $135K annually, closely trailed by Airline Pilots and Copilots ($120K), Aircraft Maintenance Supervisors ($89K), and Commercial Pilots (around $85K). Flight Attendants make an average $29K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $120K per year) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; the company's headquarter city of Chicago, Ill. ($76K), Houston, Texas (about $75K), and Orlando, Fla. ($71K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of New York, N.Y. — at around $45K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, United Airlines, Inc. pays its Virginia employees the most; the pay rate there is approximately $105K annually.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $65K per year on average. For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $75K annually. The greater proportion of employees (30 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $86K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach $106K annually for Certified Professional Engineers; non-accredited workers make much less. Certified Information Systems Security Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at around $103K per year. Employees who have a Bachelor's Degree make the most here, hauling in approximately $85K annually.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Financial Analysis; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of about $88K per year. A garden variety skill at United Airlines, Inc. is Microsoft Excel; somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of United Airlines, Inc.'s people use it regularly. Data Analysis, Project Management, and Microsoft Office round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
The company is somewhat lacking in the benefits department, and only one in five workers report compensation for sick days and vacation time. A solid majority of respondents set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health insurance is part of the package for the vast majority of survey participants, and for most survey participants, dental coverage is too. Some other perks are a casual working environment, life insurance, travel - international/exotic, and flight discounts / free flights.