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The big bucks – what the top US airline executives earn

May 8, 2015 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59How much are top airline executives worth? A lot, particularly in the US, though their salaries often make up only a small amount of the total.

The Dallas Morning News recently published a table of what the top guys make in the airline industry.

Many of them certainly earn a lot more than Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, whose remuneration reportedly increased in 2011 by 71% from AUD 2.92 million in 2009-10 to AUD 5.01 million, plus 1.7 million Qantas shares under a long-term incentive plan. Joyce would probably rank in the top 10, compared with the US remuneration list, depending on fluctuations between the AUD and the USD.

The US list is topped by the three largest airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Continental Holdings American Airlines, in ascending order.

The US rankings, as published by the Dallas Morning News (with all values in US dollars) are:

Name Company Title Salary Total compensation
Richard H. Anderson Delta Air Lines CEO $790,625    $17,589,867
Jeffery Smisek United Continental Holdings Chairman, president and CEO $975,000    $12,762,226
W. Douglas Parker American Airlines Group Chairman and CEO $687,884    $12,301,976
Edward H. Bastian Delta Air Lines President $618,750    $9,009,330
J. Scott Kirby American Airlines Group President $642,512    $8,779,785
Robert D. Isom, Jr. American Airlines Group EVP and COO $591,254    $6,271,586
B. Ben Baldanza Spirit Airlines CEO $484,100    $6,167,068
Glen W. Hauenstein Delta Air Lines EVP and chief revenue officer $523,750    $5,711,769
Stephen L. Johnson American Airlines Group EVP of corporate affairs $566,067    $5,684,472
Derek J. Kerr American Airlines Group EVP and CFO $563,860    $5,629,766
James Compton United Continental Holdings Vice chairman and chief revenue officer $875,000    $5,247,755
Gary C. Kelly Southwest Airlines Chairman, president and CEO $675,000    $5,002,785
Paul A. Jacobson Delta Air Lines EVP and CFO $496,875    $4,665,125
W. Gil West Delta Air Lines EVP and COO $496,875    $4,623,716
Peter McDonald United Continental Holdings Former EVP $141,667    $4,380,368
John Rainey United Continental Holdings EVP and CFO $850,000    $4,148,477
Jeffrey Foland United Continental Holdings Former EVP $850,000    $4,066,260
Gregory Hart United Continental Holdings EVP and COO $766,859    $3,696,958
Bradley D. Tilden Alaska Air Group President and CEO $436,769    $3,468,722
Mark B. Dunkerley Hawaiian Holdings President and CEO $655,625    $3,103,945
Robin Hayes JetBlue Airways President $490,000    $2,614,404
Michael G. Van de Ven Southwest Airlines EVP and COO $465,000    $2,475,970
Robert E. Jordan Southwest Airlines EVP and chief commercial officer $465,000    $2,460,346
Ron Ricks Southwest Airlines EVP and chief legal and regulatory officer $457,500    $2,441,864
Benito Minicucci Alaska Air Group EVP and COO $359,231    $2,062,146
Keith Loveless Alaska Air Group Former EVP and general counsel $272,000    $1,867,382
Thomas C. Canfield Spirit Airlines SVP, general counsel and secretary $323,700    $1,807,991
Edward M. Christie III Spirit Airlines SVP and CFO $318,550    $1,797,036
John Bendoraitis Spirit Airlines SVP and COO $320,000    $1,773,091
Brandon S. Pedersen Alaska Air Group EVP and CFO $327,692    $1,727,668
Tammy Romo Southwest Airlines CFO $426,250    $1,627,993
Mark Powers JetBlue Airways EVP and CFO $423,000    $1,550,503
Glenn S. Johnson Alaska Air Group Former president, Horizon Air $241,538    $1,469,064
David Barger JetBlue Airways CEO $600,000    $1,459,636
Peter R. Ingram Hawaiian Holdings EVP and CFO $441,250    $1,428,629
Andrew C. Levy Allegiant Travel President and COO $262,500    $1,394,188
Joseph A. Sprague Alaska Air Group SVP of communications and external affairs $275,577    $1,358,015
Ron Anderson-Lehman Hawaiian Holdings EVP and chief administrative officer $400,000    $1,285,982
Jude I. Bricker Allegiant Travel SVP, planning $195,000    $1,248,219
Scott Sheldon Allegiant Travel SVP, CFO and principal accounting officer $195,000    $1,246,530
Robert Maruster JetBlue Airways Ex-EVP and COO $196,913    $1,228,406
Scott M. Allard Allegiant Travel SVP, chief information officer $195,000    $1,198,550
Andrew R. Harrison Alaska Air Group EVP and chief revenue officer $282,500    $1,153,452
James Hnat JetBlue Airways EVP and general counsel $423,000    $1,094,573
Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. Allegiant Travel CEO $0    $1,078,218
Sean E. Menke Hawaiian Holdings EVP and COO $88,611    $957,316
Scott E. Topping Hawaiian Holdings Ex-EVP, CFO and treasurer $338,750     $953,002
Robert A. Schroeter Spirit Airlines VP, consumer marketing $220,625     $802,564
James M. Lynde Spirit Airlines SVP human resources $138,646     $747,355

Edited by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. What a perfect glass ceiling the US Airline Industry is – not one woman on the list.

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