Airline Captain Salary

Compensation for Airline Captains in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($119K). Cash earnings for Airline Captains — including $24K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $62K to $308K depending on individual performance. While the particular city and the individual firm impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,304 - $213,377
(Median)
$60K
$120K
$210K
MEDIAN: $118,682
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$72.09 - $221.59
(Median)
$72
$150
$220
MEDIAN: $151.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$60,304 - $213,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,127  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $19,774  
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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$62,449 - $307,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$72.09 - $221.59  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $484.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,127  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $19,774  
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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$62,449 - $307,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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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Airline Captain Tasks

  • Evaluate situations and determine necessary changes to the flight pattern.
  • Responsible for safely flying aircraft and for the safety of passengers and crew.
  • Communicate with ground control and authorities.
  • Lead flight crew, monitor and evaluate data before and during flight.
  • Report and respond to emergency situations.

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United Airlines, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $246K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $103K to a high of $516K.

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Experience Affects Airline Captain Salaries


National Average
$136,000

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%
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