I personally find that a little hard to believe since 3M (Minnesota based as well) from what I have heard starts people out at 100k on a GV. I sincerely doubt General Mills would be paying that for a X, but of course my assumptions could be way off. If it is true then I am thrilled to hear a little bit of good news from the Corporate world.
I actually know this individual, and I can tell you guys it's true. He's a very straight shooting and respectable guy and would have no reason to lie, he actually seemed a bit embarrassed to tell me. When he was asked to submit an expected salary during the hiring process he put a number a LOT less than they came back with, and he was in shock when he saw what they would actually offer him.
Sorry ladies, here's what I mean by non-typed PIC....An individual applying for the job has plenty of experience but is not typed on the aircraft on property, the pilot will have to go through training for a type rating.
Any outfit that pays you less because they have to send you to school is rather questionable.....same thing goes for only hiring typed guys - makes sense...skip over quality people to avoid a school bill...
Suppose you were a DA2000 captain and needed a DA900ex intitial...you should start at less money than someone with some time in a 900ex? - thats a good way to create a revolving door of pilots!