What’s the Annual Salary of an Airline Pilot
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What’s the Annual Salary of an Airline Pilot

August 26, 2019

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  1. As a B-52 aircraft commander in 1976 I made $16,000 a year, my father at that time was a department manager for a paper mill in the SE US….entry folks out of high school started at 20

  2. Will be interesting in the coming years to see how the hourly rates change given the cost to become a pilot has increased due to the increase in the number of hours required, and a high number of veteran pilots retiring causing fewer available pilots. I expect regionals to disappear or profitable regional routes to go to legacies, prices to go up, and a reduction in flights – possibly allowing foreign carriers to run US domestic.

  3. I think any Pay is good pay. At least your making some money, no matter what it is really. it falls under Managing your money correctly.

  4. I am a 49 y/o truck driver in Canada, I just got a job making CND$80000 a year, aviation has been always my dream. Question for everyone: Shall I start training for CPL at 49 years of age? I would be happy flying King Airs for a living. No ATPL ambitions here. 80k and flying is all I need. Please give your point of view, and be as honest as possible, roast me, or better….. be brutally honest.

  5. hello Kelsey i want to ask you some question about how can i become a pilot ?
    what things do i need to become a pilot ?
    what school i should go ?
    i really want to know and i really want to become a pilot

  6. Spent nine months with pilot an I discovered they don't make much because of required down time not flying so not getting paid. Second, when mechanic finished with airplane repairs, his company wanted him to fly "Test Flight" for safety. I thought that was not good for his future, as in, sorry about that left wing! An they really know two things: How to fly! An, how to party. Pilots that fly out of major city hub rent a party house together. They all have a refrigerator plus refrigerator/beer keg, pool table an Foos Ball!

  7. Great video. I just have one thing I’d like to say: 401k money isn’t just given. You do have to make a contribution. Usually, companies have a percentage they’ll match, so it is in essence free money, of course. But you have to put money in to get the money. Say for example in your situation the company has a 10% match rule at a 100%. That means that if you contribute 10% of your salary to your 401k, the company will match that at a 100%, which btw is BOMB. That’s awesome. Most companies do not offer that!

  8. I would love to have a job as a passenger pilot even if they paid me 10 dollars an hour already thanks to God got to travel the entire USA now I would love to get to see new countries

  9. How much extra do you get paid when you lose all your hair because of a job ? Do you get bonus pay for having a pencil neck too?

  10. Your formula is wrong! If yoy make 40 and hour it would be 40 times 2 then add 3 zeros! 40 an hour would be 80 grand a year! I like your videos!

  11. I've been in aviation, it's not a dream life and there is frankly no money to be made in it . It's a glorified taxi driver job . What many pilots won't tell you are a pilots costs to stay in the game of employment . Frequency of tests and examination etc as dictated by ICAO ( UN). These requirements often costs $10s of thousands that comes out of your saved up salary. By the time you work it out coupled with the red tape , stress expenses etc , you are better off owning a green grocer store in a nice neighbourhood , making more money without the fake glory of a pilots life !!!

  12. What about all the hours waiting in hotels and in airports, group time and flight prep time and time in travel to work. ?

    And how much did you have to pay the airline to work there ?

  13. I get €60 an hour for teaching drums. Average 70 hours a week and never have to leave the studio take my own holidays and I am not responsible for hundreds of lives, it seems unfair to pilots that they are paid less than politicians and drummers.

  14. I use to work with a pilot in construction. He said his daddy would cut the wood and would have to pile it.

  15. High skill , lots of responsibility, It is a tough job . Several of my neighbors are commercial pilots flying the heavies.

  16. I've heard many pilot's are poorly paid and can't even afford a hotel room while traveling through Airports. Now I'm not sure who to believe.

  17. I have a 13 year old daughter who has been obsessed with air planes and flying since she took her first trip on a plane when she was 2. Now she wants to be a pilot. Do you have any suggestions as to how to prepare for it at this age and the best route to take to that goal? Perhaps you can make a video about this topic or if you have already made one give me a link so I can share it with her would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your videos and looking forward to more of them.

  18. You said if your hourly rate is $40 dollars an hour you will make $400,000 dollars a year. So would you only be flying an hour a day?

  19. One thing he didn't talk about is the cost to go from joe blow on the street to getting flight qualifications to be an airlines pilot. Not only the money you have to spend but the hours of flight time you have to gain before even being considered.

  20. Very interesting. In Houston as a starting jailer I made 60000. This could be why it's hard to attract people in. As a jailer all I need is a H.S. Dep., and they pay you as you go to their academy.The job is not as cool. But you can use this as a comparison

  21. When you really love your career, how much money you make isn't your priority. Don't do what makes more money, do what you love and you will be successful.

  22. 1:00 The conversion of hourly rate to annual salary would be to multiply by 1000 and then DOUBLE the result. Do pilots only work 20 hours a week?

  23. I’d be happy making 150 and up for southwest for a good couple years for experience then hopefully be a senior captain for 3-5 hundred k

  24. Pilots with a little bit of seniority and a decent carrier do ok. Trust me.
    You have to put your time in. You gotta get off those commuters and build some seniority.
    After five years. You ain’t struggling.

  25. Great video Man, lately I’ve been watching airline disasters and how pilots figure things out in a very calm manner. And some unfortunately did the best and the aircraft was too damaged to recover. My respects to you Sir, it takes a lot of calmness and knowledge to do what you do, thank you Sir.

  26. yess,its not bad salary to have exprience to the World.its clean job,but always reponsible one,good time in destination,long destination free time.30,000-40,000 in year.In Finland you get that money to be as welder,if you are pro welder.

  27. My Cousin is a Pilot for a major airline and about 10 years ago for flying 757s and 767s he earned around 150-175,000 gross. I never found that too much because it does require a lot of brains and quick thinking and guts.

  28. thank you for making this video Im going into 9th grade my dream job is start pilots school go to american eagle or southwest then head to American Airlines I . Study Flight stats plane/aircrafts stat of what all they do like max alt. max spd knts. if i remember correctly a md-80s top speed 630 aa's last flight is sep 1.

  29. If I finance all of my schooling and it looks like I will be, I'd like to start out making $60k a year. I know that's not the likely find. I wouldn't mind staying at that pay for 6 years if afterwards I get bumped up to "normal" 100+. I just don't want the struggle to pay back any bills. At that 60k mark, I could have the life I want (knowing I am planning for a long future with the company) and pay back everything in less than 6 years.

  30. G'day Kelsey.Personally, as a passenger, I'd be overjoyed if senior pilots got a base rate of $100,000.00 a year+. Why? I want to walk on to an aircraft and walk off an aircraft in the same physical condition. I was in the AIr Force and I've got lots of commercial air-hours under my belt. Essentially, one is flying in a thin-walled metal tube at 35,000 ft +/- that is a complex piece of high-tech avionics etc. There are thousands of little things that could go wrong that might escalate into what is euphemistically called an 'aircraft incident'. Yes, I know that, statistically, aircraft travel is the safest form of mass transit there is, however, compared to a motor vehicle, bus or train which are all on the ground, they are not a few miles or more above the planet. Yep, cars, busses and trains can run into things, catastrophically, and they do this in far greater numbers than aircraft. Trouble is when an aircraft suffers a catastrophic incident one pretty much knows that everyone on-board is going to die. If there are survivors there are many more potential crash sites in remote areas and especially at sea where survivors are not going to be rescued. Even when ships go down mid-ocean there is a much greater possibility of eventual rescue via life boats etc. As has been demonstrated over the decades and even recently, an aircraft going down mid-ocean, at speed, spells fatalities for all on-board. So, I've always thought that military and civilian pilots should be paid anything they want to keep them happy, healthy and trained up to the minute to deal with any of the hundreds of ways an aircraft can go 'us'. Cheers, chocks away and happy landings! BH

  31. Pilots are in charge of the most expensive and advanced technology in history and yet people who go around with a camera all day earn a pilots salary per month

  32. well it make sense, honesty most engineer makes about 200k after about 5 years, and some up to 400k in about 10 to 15 years

  33. Screw this Kelsey, I chose to work for the Govt @125K per yr as a non-flying analyst. (specifically the NSA as a local hire)

  34. I owned a limo company and had a small contract driving US Airlines pilots and I kept wondering why some had beat up shoes including a holes in them. I bet that must have been a new pilot.

  35. I’m too chicken shit to be a pilot. I’d parachute out the plane with a plane full of people at the first sign of engine trouble.

  36. Stumbled on your channel. Good stuff. Could you make a video and talk about being an airline pilot and balancing family life?

  37. Damn! After seeing this video, I've come to the conclusion that I'm definitely in the wrong line of work. To get paid like that to fly would be a wet dream come true so to speak. Sure would beat the HVAC business by a long shot.

  38. pay can be good
    but also you must factor in all the down time and free time you put in non rev positioning around. A lot of airlines you work in a paid capacity about 80 to 120 hours a month. Your not getting paid $135 an hour for a 40 hour work week . You might do 20 flight hours that week

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