TL;DR: I'm hypothesising the cockpit experience and pay in small aircraft vs larger aircraft is disproportionate to the risk and responsibility.
I read the argument that pilot pay should be equal across all types, irrespective of it is an A320, A330 or A340 for instance.
- The smaller aircraft have greater number of rotations every day, leading to greater workload and hence the pilot responsibility could be argued to be equal to that of a larger aircraft which spends (a lot) more time just cruising.
- The bigger aircraft often operate to better, more equipped airports than their smaller counterparts. This again may put more load and responsibility on the pilots.
- The bigger aircraft, while in some cases more complicated, may have more automated systems and assistance rather than greater pilot workload, although this of course depends on the aircraft.
I'm wondering if anybody (airline, union etc.) has done this or is trying to do implement it. It would be mighty unpopular among some pilots but I think there is a little bit of sense to the argument.
Why is this a problem?
It also causes the least (or less) experienced pilots to command the small aircraft, rather than perhaps a more sensible mix of age and experience.
Paying additionally by the years of experience makes sense to me, but not this push to constantly advance to get a higher salary.
As it stands, the only way to make more (aside from years of experience) is to upgrade to a larger aircraft type. Aside from requiring retraining (expensive type rating), it puts the pilot into a new aircraft (and possibly airports) he is unfamiliar with.