I’ve always found the secrecy around people’s salaries to be ridiculous. It is especially annoying when job advertisements fail to give details of the salary range. This is why I was pleasantly surprised to see Ryanair’s latest one showing how much cabin crew get paid.
In the past, the airline has employed crew through a third party, with the option to eventually be employed by the airline directly. That all seems to have changed.
How Much Do Ryanair Cabin Crew Get Paid?
The Irish airline has bases throughout Europe, so it’s probable each one pays differently. Ireland is one of the wealthiest countries in the EU and as a result pay tends to reflect the higher cost of living.
Ryanair’s salary package is “up to €27,000 p/a”, and if you’re any good you will “be eligible for promotion after 1 year with an increased salary of €33,000 p/a”. Not too bad really!
This presumably includes the sales commission of “up to €2,500” (those scratch cards, I’m sure!), plus you get a free uniform in the first year and rostering is five days on, three days off. Quite frankly, you should have a free uniform all the time as it’s not like you can wear it anywhere but to work. There is an allowance for following years, so hopefully that defrays the cost.
Anyone who joins at the moment is also eligible for a €2,000 joining bonus, which is a fairly decent amount. Plus, there’s a €28 per diem for each day of training.
Now you know how much cabin crew get paid at Ryanair. By comparison, Aer Lingus state “you can potentially earn between €1,900 and €2,000 monthly take home pay (inclusive of base and variable pay on a monthly average throughout a Summer season).” That is very similar to what Ryanair are offering, which is perhaps not too surprising.
Over at British Airways, the base pay at Heathrow is £18,169 (so about €20,064), but you should earn “up to £28,000 a year with flying/duty pay and a tax-fee subsistence allowance”, which translates to €31,750. That is similar enough to the Irish airlines, which gives an indication of what entry pay is today for cabin crew.
What do you think of these salaries? How do they compare to reality or to your airline? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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I think these, particularly LHR, are piss poor. How is someone supposed to live off that? I suppose if there’s a steep upward trajectory after the first year it might not be so bad but that sounds pretty gruesome otherwise.
I don’t think there is a steep upward trajectory at all, which is very unlike how it was in the past. A friend used to work for BA and said it was designed so you’d do a few years, see the world, then move on. In the past you’d have crew with 30 years experience who would be on very, very nice wages, but that’s all long gone now, sadly. It’s a shame it’s not seen as a long career, but that is how the airline bean counters seem to want it. Of course, that all serves the consumer, as… Read more »