U.S. regional airline pilot pay is “fair and reasonable” and “in line with comparable professions,” Roger Cohen, president of the Regional Airline Association told a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday, as Bloomberg reports.
So what’s fair and reasonable? Co-pilots earning as little as $23,900 and an average of only $32,000. Pilots earning an average of $67,000 to $76,000, depending on the type of aircraft they’re flying.
What’s a “comparable profession?” According to Cohen, that’s a “paramedic or medical assistant.”
I’m not buying it. Commercial pilots should earn more than that because they are — or should be — worth more than that.
These people are operating aircraft worth $30 million or more and are responsible, over time, for the lives of thousands of passengers. They have had extensive and expensive training. The best are very highly skilled — and we want only the best.
We won’t get them, though, if we won’t pay for them.