Well, in Catch Me if you Can he was following around Captians and FOs in the majors who were flying much more advanced aircraft. Michale Moore was talking to FOs on small commuter planes in small regional airlines.Michael Moore is a douche bag, but yeah, the life of a pilot just isn't what it used to be.
That guy in Catch Me if You Can really lived it up!
This is a joke.
Yeah first officers get paid nothing flying for regional airlines.
There are tons of pilots out there. All of them wnat to break in to the big leauges and make Captains pay at major airline one day. The airlines pay them little because of supply and demand. The new pilots that want to get into the industry are willing to work for very little for payout in the end. Notice he only talked about the FO's not the Captains. You think Doctors in residency or lawyers that start out clerking make serious money, hell no but they do it for the experince and the payout in the end. When I was an Amn doing ATC I was making around the same money a FO at a regional airline would. Why? Because I put in my time making nothing and getting experince so I could get into the FAA and make good money. Also the senior pilots at air carriers cant stand that all these young people accept the low pay because it hurts the Senior guys from a bargaining perspective. The reason senior pilots are getting paycuts are because there are so many young pilots out there willing to work for low wages. I had a guy in my classes in college that flew for American Eagle, no degree, little experince, but he was getting paid and raking in flight hours while he was finishing his degree, he knew what the deal was.
I find that number to be pretty hard to believe.300k a year at SWA? Really? That's a lot higher than I'd expect. I thought you needed to be pulling international routes for the legacies to crack 100k. Shoot, I'd deal with 10 years of minimum wage and no time seeing my wife if it meant 300k down the road.