- Sep 17, 2003
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How much should a contract 737 fo make a day?
There is no difference between Captain and FO pay in the contract world.
Not true. My friend is typed on the Gulfstream 550, it took him 3 months to break into the 91 corporate world with zero time in type. And now that he's in, everyone around the world will only pay him $800-$1,000 per day, compared to the experienced G550 captains he's flying with making $1,400 and $1,800 (domestic/int'l respectively) per day. Everyone is telling him after he gets 100-200 hours in type, then he'll make the higher pay. He's flown trips for London based companies, Dubai and a G550 out of Bermuda. All say the same thing.
And as far as the BBJ talk in this thread is concerned, I know a couple guys with SIC types and they don't make the same as the captains either, and the training does not cost the same.
I've also repositioned a B-747 from Nigeria to California Part 91. I'm type rated and I had 820 hours on the 747 at the time. I got $1,000 per day and the captain with much more experience charged them $2,000 per day.
just dont forget that when you take pay that is less than standard, you are really screwing someone who is actually in this business as their sole means of income.
A pilot just starting out, or a pilot with less experience than the captain that might be on the flight making more money, most of the time will be offered less money per day. Should that pilot NOT work and make nothing because he thinks another pilot is somehow getting screwed somewhere in the world.
Thats really just talk and a saying that has become popular to say about pilots who except less to fly. My friend who just started in the G550 has no choice but to except a little less, otherwise he can sit home and make nothing after paying for a $35,000 type-rating. (((Yes, it was only $35,000 because it was one of the first classes at Simuflite in Morristown and it included G450 and GV differences)))
A pilot that needs to work will except anything to get the experience so he can then make the higher pay. This is how the aviation industry is and its how it will always be.
Until companies have no choice but to pay everyone the same, they will always pay the SIC's (typed or not) less money. There will always be someone who will do it.