Average Airline Captain Salary

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The average salary for an Airline Captain is $148,652.
MEDIAN $148,652
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$76k - $290k
$200 - $44k
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$309 - $44k
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$90k - $493k

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Job Description for Airline Captain

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Airline Captain

The top respondents for the job title Airline Captain are from the companies Delta Air Lines Inc, American Airlines and United Airlines, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at American Airlines where the average pay is $250,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Delta Air Lines Inc, earning around $235,000. Southwest Airlines Co pays the lowest at around $180,000. United Airlines, Inc. also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $211,267.

Career Paths

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Airline Captain
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Popular Skills for Airline Captain

Skills in Transport, Safety Compliance and Problem Solving are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management and Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Airline Captain

An early career Airline Captain with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $99,707 based on 25 salaries. A mid-career Airline Captain with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $103,733 based on 26 salaries. An experienced Airline Captain with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $141,322 based on 102 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $189,564.
Employees with Airline Captain in their job title in Miami, Florida earn an average of 27.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (3.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (26.7% less), San Francisco, California (6.0% less) and Dallas, Texas (5.8% less).

Years of Experience

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