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Table 33: Average Annual Full-Time Equivalent Employee* Compensation Low-Cost Carriers Ranked by 2006 Performance

Table 33: Average Annual Full-Time Equivalent Employee* Compensation
Low-Cost Carriers
Ranked by 2006 Performance

(Salary + Benefits in Dollars)

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2006 Rank Low-Cost 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Change
2001-2006
1 Southwest 64,964 63,867 70,778 81,986 90,669 100,254 35,290
2 ATA 48,282 55,289 58,734 67,033 69,107 83,536 35,254
3 Spirit 48,943 52,041 55,689 60,199 69,712 71,089 22,146
4 America West 52,623 54,939 61,943 60,745 63,114 65,049 12,426
5 JetBlue 57,997 60,881 64,297 62,179 61,561 64,139 6,142
6 AirTran 43,279 48,100 48,533 52,916 57,278 59,986 16,707
7 Frontier 46,927 48,473 51,922 51,756 55,629 56,148 9,221
  7-Carrier Average 57,561 59,035 64,406 70,201 75,309 80,873 23,312

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41 Airline Financial Data

* Full-time Equivalent Employee (FTE) calculations count two part-time employees as one full-time employee.