Airline Captain Salary

Airline Captains enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($123K) annually in the United States. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $24K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Airline Captains can bottom out near $65K or peak near $314K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by career length and geographic location. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Airline Captains like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$62,190 - $241,187
(Median)
$62K
$120K
$240K
MEDIAN: $122,977
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$67.43 - $229.46
(Median)
$67
$150
$230
MEDIAN: $153.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$62,190 - $241,187  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,387  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $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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$64,705 - $314,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 201
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$67.43 - $229.46  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $498.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,387  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $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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$64,705 - $314,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $343K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $104K to $572K.

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Experience Affects Airline Captain Salaries


National Average
$146,000

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
51%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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