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May 18th, 2009
09:34 AM ET

How much does YOUR pilot make?

The Colgan Air crash probe brought us the startling news that the co-pilot earned less than $24,000 a year. (You can watch the story by CNN's Jason Carroll here.)

Kyra found a site where you can look up pilot salaries, and did an on-air demo:

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  1. Peg Shambo

    The video block just says "undefined." 😦

    May 18, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  2. Carrie A

    Hi Peg – I just pulled up the post and was able to watch both Kyra's segment and the Carroll piece. I wonder if this might be a browser issue or something?

    May 18, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  3. Peg Shambo

    Thanks. I just tried the link again and got the video. Same browser. (Google Chrome.) I wonder if they had written the code for the video, at the time I first tried, wrong, maybe even forgetting to add the video?
    Whatever, it works now. And a very interesting story!

    May 18, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  4. Larry in Florida

    Just when the economy is clawing it's way back up, I see the oil companies are again doing their best to squash it. Prices are continuing to climb upward when crude oil is basically staying flat. Nobody will admit that our current economic mess began and to a large part was caused by $4.00 a gallon gas. When is the government going to step in and stop this nonsense? The oil companies are as big a problem as the banks and the other greedy companies that continue to line their pockets at the taxpayer's expense. It's time we start changing $140.00 a bushel for corn and wheat. I doubt that the middle eastern oil producing countries could live very long eating their oil.

    May 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  5. Carrie A

    Editor's note: I'm reposting this comment from "Regional Pilot" under this topic. (He/she originally replied to The Young and Jobless)

    I am a young regional pilot in our country today. I can’t say who and stay anonymous in order to keep the job I have, which I wish I didn’t have to rely on. I’m back in school getting my masters degree in order to enter the job market and eventually get a new job, well out of this declining and unsafe industry. With the recent events of 3407 in buffalo, the issues are finally being brought to light. Low pay, which means low quality coupled with unsafe fatigue issues placed on all of us here in the airlines. I believe more so in the regional carriers. I hope one day someone send you our daily schedules and you can explain the difference between whats on the paper and what is reality. There have been many times I’m been on duty for 13 hours and only got 4 or 5 hours of actual sleep. Obviously I need out of this industry and I need to get a real job with a paycheck better than what I could get as a manger at McDonalds. I hope these jobs will be available by graduation. I can’t wait to get a real job.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:38 am |

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