Airline Captain Salary

Airline Captains enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($119K) annually in the United States. In the world of Airline Captains, total cash compensation can vary between $62K and $308K. 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 individual firm. The majority of Airline Captains claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,246 - $213,614
(Median)
$60K
$120K
$210K
MEDIAN: $119,009
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90%

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$72.09 - $221.59
(Median)
$72
$150
$220
MEDIAN: $151.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$60,246 - $213,614  
   
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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$62,390 - $308,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
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).
)
$62,390 - $308,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Although United Airlines, Inc. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $246K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $103K on the low end all the way up to $516K at the top.

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Experience Affects Airline Captain Salaries


National Average
$137,000

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 32%

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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