An Airline Captain earns an average salary of $114,030 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Airline Captain Total Pay (?
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$60,624 - $204,707
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $114,030
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Airline Captain Total Pay (?
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$71.58 - $216.35
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $148.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$120K$240K$360K
Salary
$60,624 - $204,707  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,306  
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $20,426  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$64,523 - $340,542  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$110$220$330
Hourly Rate
$71.58 - $216.35  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $324.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$220K$440K$660K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,306  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $20,426  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$64,523 - $340,542  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 141
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Job Description for Airline Captain
Airline captains are responsible for safely flying the aircraft to its destination. In a commercial airliner, captains fly with a co-pilot who can fly the plane should something happen to the captain. The initial tasks performed by the captain before taking off include receiving weather information, conducting preflight checks on the navigation systems, and communicating with tower controllers to ensure no collisions occur. Once in the air, the captain and co-pilot rotate flying responsibilities to avoid either becoming too tired; additionally, modern aircraft include a cruise control or auto-pilot that helps keep the plane on course automatically. During flight, the captain also communicates the status of the flight to passengers, as well as checks location, flight path, and weather patterns periodically to confirm accuracy of the computer's flight plan.
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Pay Difference By Location
Chicago
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Miami
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National Average
$147,000
Denver
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Experience Affects Airline Captain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%
National Average
$147,000
Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni
Years of Experience
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
46%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 12%
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