Here’s some aviation news that can be said to be both good and bad. First, the bad news. Airline pilot salaries at minimum wage! I have nothing against those kids flipping burgers at minimum wage but highly skilled and well trained pilots getting the same pay as these guys, it’s unthinkable. For someone who bears the responsibility for the safety and well-being of so many lives at a certain moment as well as that of equipment worth millions if not hundreds of millions of dollars, this sucks.
Just imagine flying for Republic Airways’ Embraer EMB 190 jet that cost around $32 million, more or less, and getting paid $7.25 an hour. Man, I’m responsible for a $32M equipment plus the lives of maybe a hundred passengers, and I get paid the same as that guy whose equipment is a chef’s spatula. Ok, so maybe it’s only the co-pilot getting this pay, maybe the captain gets a few cents 🙂 more. But who do you think flies the airplane if the captain can’t and brings you down safely in one piece? Think of it this way, would you have a heart surgery done by a heart surgeon who gets paid the minimum wage? Hmm, I guess not.
Shortage of pilots
Now, the good news. All this low pay thing would eventually create a large shortage of pilots. Now, I know that most if not all professional pilots are flying first because of their love to fly. I know I did. However, there is also such a thing that is called life, and we can’t keep up that love if we can’t keep up with life. If airline pilot salaries can’t are not enough for a decent lifestyle, they will stop flying. As most of airline pilots have that innate ability to adapt to almost any situation they will just simply go on and bring their talents somewhere else where they will prosper. You know you went through all that hard work to study, get trained and pass all those written and practical tests to get where you’re at. You also know that you possess skills that only a few have. Don’t you deserve something better than minimum wage pay? When I first arrived in the US, there were practically no pilot jobs available so I had to find other means to earn a living. It turned out to be so much better than any pilot job I could have had. When finally there were commercial pilot jobs around, the airline pilots salaries from where I would start was not even enough to pay my mortgage. Although I loved flying so much it wasn’t enough to make me give up my current lifestyle and have my family go through hard times again. As they say, if you really love flying, make a lot of money and buy an airplane.
Overseas flying jobs
But in reality there a lot of better paying commercial pilot jobs if you just open up your eyes, get out of your comfort zone, and do a little hard work. Understandably, if you’re an inexperienced, low time pilot just starting out you need to get any available job, low paying or not or even free, but I would not suggest this as this lowers the standards of being a pilot. Most of us did this. To build up my flying time I did flight instructor jobs for a while. For someone who has enough flying time, maybe 1500 to 2000 hours and with the right type rating, you don’t need to suffer the financial impact and embarrassment of very low airline pilot salaries here in the US. There’s a whole world of opportunity waiting for you in pilot job overseas.
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Airline Pilots Get Paid Crap
Gawker, on Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:05:40 -0800
Starting pilot salaries at 14 U.S. regional carriers average $22,400 a year, according to the largest U.S. pilots union. Some smaller carriers pay as little as $15,000 a year. The latter is about what a full-time worker would earn annually at the $7.25 …