Thinking about a glamorous career in the airline industry? Good luck. I just ran across an article describing how desperately lousy the pay is for beginning airline pilots. And flight attendants? Not looking too good there, either.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune had an excellent piece about the difficulty that regional airlines are having in finding enough pilots to fly their proliferating fleets of little regional jets. No wonder, with starting pay for a first officer as low as $24,000 a year.
It’s true that some pilots who fly wide-bodied jets for the major airlines can still earn six-figure salaries, but their pay has been dropping for years. And a beginning pilot can spend years at food-stamp wages with the regional airlines before getting a shot at the majors.
As for flight attendants, Reuters reports on rock-bottom morale, reduced pay and deteriorating working conditions.
Maybe the only thing worse than being an airline passenger these days is being an employee.