How Much A United Airlines Pilot Makes In Salary

(Last Updated On: October 29, 2021)

United Airlines is one of the major airlines in the United States and it is headquartered at Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois. It is currently the 3rd largest airline in the world by fleet size and route network. It operates eight hubs within the United States and its territories. it operates a large domestic and international route network with an extensive presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

According to the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the median US pilot salary is around $140,340 which is a rise from $137,320 in 2017. The average pilot salary for a United Airlines’ pilot is $178,100, a higher amount than Delta and American Airlines.

Airline pilots are paid hourly and Federal law mandates that pilots can only fly a maximum of 1,000 hours a year so as to ensure they are fresh while on the job. The salary of a pilot is largely based on how long they have been working as a pilot, how many hours they fly in a year and what type of planes they are flying. In addition to flight time, pilots are also paid per diem which is basically for reimbursing pilots for the food and beverage expenses they incur while traveling.


Factors That Determine Pilot’s Salary

Time At Airline: New hire pilots at United Airlines typically make $73,360 a year during the first year of employment and it jumps to $110,000 on their second year. This continuous to rise slowly in addition to other factors.

Type Of Plane: A captain on their 12 year flying a B777 earns $352 hourly while once who flies a B757-200 earns $283 per hour

Captain vs First Officer: Captains generally make more money than first officers. In United Airlines a 12th year captain on the B787 earns $352 hourly while a 12th year first officer make $240 hourly.

Here is a glimpse into United Airlines payscale of captains and first officers who have at least 12 years of experience. (Based on different aircraft)

Boeing 777

Captain: $352 per hour

First Officer: $240 per hour

Airbus A320

Captain: $283 per hour

First Officer: $193 per hour

Boeing 737-700

Captain: $272 per hour

First Officer: $186 per hour

Airbus A319

Captain: $272 per hour

First Officer: $186 per hour


United Airlines have a monthly guarantee of 70 hours and an international override pay of $6.50/hr for the captain and $4.50/hr for the first officer. The current per diem rates are $2.45 for domestic flights and $2.90 for the international flights.