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Airline Captain Salary

Generous salaries abound for Airline Captains in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($116K) per year. Total incomes of Airline Captains incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $24K from bonuses and close to $20K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $62K and $310K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by geography and the particular employer. The majority of Airline Captains claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,060 - $215,566
(Median)
$60K
$120K
$220K
MEDIAN: $116,063
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$70.09 - $220.56
(Median)
$70
$150
$220
MEDIAN: $150
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$60,060 - $215,566  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,078  
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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$62,134 - $310,132  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$70.09 - $220.56  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $484.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,078  
   
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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$62,134 - $310,132  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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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


Although United Airlines, Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $246K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $103K or as much as $516K.

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Experience Affects Airline Captain Salaries


National Average
$134,000

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 32%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 12%
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