An airline captain has overall responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the aircraft and the safety of crew and passengers. For a senior pilot role, you would need to clock up at least five years’ experience beforehand. Once in this position, you can earn a very attractive salary, with perks including travel passes and accommodation allowances.
The day-to-day schedule of a captain can vary greatly. Examples of tasks might include ensuring all information on the route, weather, passengers and aircraft is received, and making regular checks on the aircraft’s technical performance, pre-flight safety checks on navigation and operating systems. Other responsibilities might include maintaining responsibility for all communications during the flight with stations, towers, flight controllers and dispatchers, managing emergencies and coordinating with emergency support agencies, and liaising with and directing team interactions involving the flight crew. You may also be expected to manage a large team including flight deck crew, cabin and ground crew coordination.
Average salary: $82,828
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