Airline Captain Salary

Generous salaries abound for Airline Captains in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($119K) per year. In the world of Airline Captains, total cash compensation can vary between $62K and $300K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $24K and $20K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. The majority of Airline Captains claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,304 - $215,820

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$71.58 - $222.50

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$60,304 - $215,820  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,293  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $20,226  
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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$62,332 - $300,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$71.58 - $222.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $487.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,293  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $20,226  
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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$62,332 - $300,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Airline Captain


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
$135,000

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%
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