17th Apr 2006, 01:22
I have been looking through the wages for first officers and have seen that they are devided between basic pay and sector pay. Should I assume that the total annual pay is both sector and bascic pay joined together ?None of the airlines give this as one whole figure - so I'm slightly unssure. They also numerate to a large round figure which surprised me for first officers pay.
17th Apr 2006, 05:04
Generally pilots are paid a basic sallary, then a variable component based on how much they work. This can take the form of "Sector Pay" which is an amount per flight, "Duty Pay" which is an amount per hour at work, or "Flight Pay"" which is an amount per flying hour.
Some airlines also have an overtime structure for work in excess of a certain number of hours.
Before assuming that the overall figure is "Large", remember that an FO is a proffesstional with a highly responsible job, who works long and often unsociable hours. Also bear in mind that, depending on which avenue he or she took to achieve that position, they have invested a large amount of their own money (Up to £80 000) to get the qualifications they need. They should expect reasnoble renumeration.