Airline Pilots and Copilots rake in the most money, with average earnings of $140K per year; Airline Captains come in second with average earnings amounting to $135K, while Senior Product Managers and Information Technology Project Managers rank near the top as well (approximately $99K and about $97K, respectively). Near the bottom at United Airlines, Inc. are Operations Supervisors, pulling in an average of just around $60K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($121K annually) can be spotted in Atlanta, Ga.; Denver, Colo. (about $97K), Los Angeles, Calif. (around $93K), and the company's headquarter city of Chicago, Ill. ($76K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in New York, N.Y.; in fact, at $45K it is one of the worst-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Virginia, where the average salary is $150K per year.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of approximately $74K annually. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is around $70K per year. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of United Airlines, Inc. employees (32 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn $77K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Airline Transport Pilots are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $160K per year. On average, salaries rise to about $110K annually for accredited Project Management Professionals. United Airlines, Inc. compensates Master of Business Administration (MBA)-holders the most at $109K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Financial Analysis; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of approximately $94K annually. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among United Airlines, Inc. workers, with about one in five of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Some other standard skills here are Project Management, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
The company is somewhat lacking in the benefits department, and only 30 percent report compensation for sick days and vacation time. A fair number of employees set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health insurance is part of the package for almost all respondents, and for a large number of employees, dental coverage is too. Some other perks are life insurance, a casual working environment, travel - international/exotic, and a company cell phone.