Airline Captain Salary (United States)

An Airline Captain earns an average salary of $114,103 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Airline Captain Total Pay (?
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$60,346 - $213,883
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MEDIAN: $114,102
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Airline Captain Total Pay (?
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$44.31 - $218.76
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MEDIAN: $145.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$60,346 - $213,883  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,689  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $14,000  
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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$63,471 - $323,171  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$160$320$480
Hourly Rate
$44.31 - $218.76  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $461.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$320K$640K$960K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,689  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $14,000  
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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$63,471 - $323,171  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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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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Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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New York
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$144,000
Miami
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Denver
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Experience Affects Airline Captain Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$144,000
Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 11%
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