Founded in 1999, New York-based JetBlue is a relatively new airline to the U.S. industry. As such, its starting pay is somewhat lower for most work-groups as compared to more established legacy carriers. As with other airlines, however, JetBlue offers its employees attractive benefits.
According to AirlinePilotCentral.com, a website that monitors pilot pay at major airlines, JetBlue pilots first year pay ranges from $47 to $138 per hour. First officers on the airline's Embraer 190 and Airbus 320 aircraft start off at $47 per hour. A captain on the Embraer 190 starts at $124 per hour or $138 per hour on the Airbus 320.
While the hourly wage for JetBlue flight attendants is not public information, Glassdoor.com reports that at the lower end of the pay scale, flight attendants earn about $20 per hour. That is in line with the U.S. Department of Labor's estimate of $24,930 per year as the low-end for U.S. flight attendants.
GlassDoor.com also reports that ramp agents at JetBlue start out at wages ranging from $10 to $11 per hour. Such pay is in line with the pay for the same job at other U.S. airlines.
In addition to salary and wages, JetBlue also offers its employees benefits, including medical, prescription (for full-time employees), life insurance, 401k plans, profit sharing, employee stock purchase plan as well as reduced rate industry travel on JetBlue and other airlines.
JetBlue Pay Compared to Industry Standard
JetBlue's pay for pilots and flight attendants is somewhat low compared to the industry standard. For example, starting salaries for captains at industry pay leader Delta Air Lines may be as high as $199 per hour; first officers may earn as much as $56 per hour. Flight attendants at Southwest Airlines earn about $25 per hour at the lower end of the scale. At Continental, newer flight attendants earn about $24 per hour.