If ALK (Horizon) pays so bad, then why stay there? Am I missing something? If I thought I wasn't being paid a reasonable wage for the work I was performing, I would be finding a new job. Yet you have been with Horizon for 15 years! IF ALK pays so much lower than the other airlines, I suspect its pilots would have left already for greener pastures. And why is the US Air Force losing so many of its pilots who are leaving to secure jobs as pilots in commercial aviation? It can't be because the pay is so bad. It seems that pilots at every airline spend a lot of time complaining about their pay. But they never seem to go elsewhere. Just maybe it is because their jobs are superior to just about anything else out there.