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The State of Pilot Pay

The always-great Ask the Pilot column at takes a look at the state of pilot pay.  It ain’t pretty.  You can read all the details in the piece, but suffice it to say, pilots aren’t getting rich.  Salaries for regional jet pilots begin at an unbelievable $16,000 a year.  Roughly what the dude behind the counter at Starbucks makes.  And at least Starbucks isn’t going bankrupt.  Top pay is 40-50% below where it was before everything went to hell a couple of years ago.  And while you may snicker at the tales of pilots making $300,000 a year for a handful of work days each month, those days are over.  Well worth a read…

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