RAA Defends Pilot Pay
U.S. regional airline pilot pay is "fair and reasonable", according to the Regional Airline Association RAA), in defending salaries under scrutiny in the wake of the Feb. 12, 2009 Continental Express fatal crash near Buffalo, NY.
RAA President Roger Cohen testified before the Senate aviation subcommittee that "the entire airline industry - regional, majors, and low-cost airlines - has a highly unionized work force that is paid a fair and reasonable wage.
The average salary for a regional pilot with the rank of Captain at an RAA member airline is $76,000 a year. This salary is comparable to other professions that utilize similar skills.
"A First Officer has less seniority and responsibility than a Captain. The average salary for a First Officer, working at an RAA member airline, is $32,000 a year."
"Again, this salary is in line with comparable professions".
"Pilots earn a fair and reasonable wage and also receive valuable benefits such as free airline travel, paid leave, and comprehensive benefits."
"Also, pilots, while on duty, receive collectively- bargained per diem expenses," he added.