Airline Captain Salary

Salaries for Airline Captains in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($146K) per year. Cash earnings for Airline Captains — which occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $40K from profit sharing — stretch from around $78K to approximately $432K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$72,498 - $267,344
$72K
$150K
$270K
MEDIAN: $146,050
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$68.25 - $261.47
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$210
$260
MEDIAN: $206.54
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$150K$300K$450K
Salary
$72,498 - $267,344  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,866  
Profit Sharing
$152.05 - $39,893  
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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$78,480 - $431,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$180$360$540
Hourly Rate
$68.25 - $261.47  
   
Overtime
$38.78 - $518  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1M
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,866  
   
Profit Sharing
$152.05 - $39,893  
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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$78,480 - $431,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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

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

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For Airline Captains, comfortable salaries can be found at United Airlines, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $356K, the highest in the area.

Pay by Experience Level for Airline Captain

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $138K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $119K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Airline Captains make a median salary of $146K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $222K.

Key Stats for Airline Captain

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
52%
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Experience Affects Airline Captain Salaries

▲35%

National Average
$164,000

▼11%

Entry-Level
▼16%

Mid-Career
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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