Airline Captain Salary

Average pay for Airline Captains in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($115K). 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 $305K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the individual firm. Job satisfaction for Airline Captains is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$60,060 - $210,714
(Median)
$60K
$120K
$210K
MEDIAN: $115,029
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$69.66 - $220.93
(Median)
$70
$150
$220
MEDIAN: $149.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$60,060 - $210,714  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,127  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $19,820  
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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$62,081 - $304,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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$0$150$300$450
Hourly Rate
$69.66 - $220.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $448.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$300K$600K$900K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,127  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $19,820  
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).
)
$62,081 - $304,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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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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Employees of United Airlines, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $246K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $103K to $516K.

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Experience Affects Airline Captain Salaries


National Average
$132,000

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 11%