# Why do Ryanair pilots get paid such a low wage?

As I‘m living in Europe and I‘m interested in a commercial pilot career, I looked up the wages on various websites. (I hope the German screenshots don‘t matter too much).

Example 1 (Source)

Example 2 (Source)

Were/Are there really Co-Pilots who paid for their training themselves (I suppose) and now only get about 2000€ per month?

• It surprises me to see that Easyjet pays about twice as much as Ryanair... – Bianfable Nov 21 '19 at 12:42
• @Bianfable That was in fact one of the main reasons why I posted this question. – Der_Reparator Nov 21 '19 at 12:54
• It's Ryanair. What did you expect? – Vikki - formerly Sean Nov 21 '19 at 23:29
• If you can, look up the wages of pilots working at feeder airlines to the (ex-) flag carriers. They get about the same pitiful compensation. The princely wages of some captains are a relic of the past. – Peter Kämpf Apr 30 at 17:49
• Note that a new user who claims to be a "Ryr senior captian" posted a (now deleted) answer that I will reproduce as comment here: "25k? That's completely false... A Ryr senior FO makes 72k based on 850h FT, a captain makes 140k". If this is true, the Ryanair numbers are less off the average than shown in the table. – DeltaLima May 3 at 11:17

• Yes. The average entry level salary for a regional FO was about \$16,000. It’s now slightly over twice that. That is a considerable improvement. However when you consider that these people will probably have invested somewhere in the order of \$100,000 -\\$130,000 into flight training and ratings to end up with a job with such little pay and low return on investment (at least initially), its no wonder why people have abandoned the pilot profession in search of more lucrative opportunities. – Carlo Felicione Nov 21 '19 at 16:45