I was taking a look at the payroll for my airline and noticed it's quite a bit higher than what would realistically be "normal" in the airline world. For example, I took this screenshot of my Pilot and Cabin Crew numbers:
A little bit of math brings me to the following annual salaries for my airline's employees as of the current game world's timeframe (January 2015):
Pilot (Small) 103343
Pilot (Medium) 149693
Pilot (Large) 271234
Pilot (Very Large) 333034
Cabin Crew 91237
Now I understand that there are some pilot jobs out there that pay VERY well but I'd be hard pressed to find a pilot job that pays 103k/year flying a B1900 or PC12. Nor can I think of anywhere you'd find a pilot making 149k to fly a Q400 (aside from VERY senior check airmen or management pilots). Looking at the overseas market (primarily in China) I MIGHT be able to find some experienced expat pilots making 271k flying an A330 or B777 but surely not flying a "Large" category aircraft like a B737 or A320. In reality pilots make alot less than the above numbers. U.S. legacy carriers pay their experienced pilots (10 years) on average 140k-170k to fly mostly what would be considered "Large" or "Very Large" category aircraft in AWS. The Regionals like Skywest start pilots off in the 18-25k per year range and go up with experience to low-end six figure numbers. And my sister (who has been a flight attendant with DAL for about 10 years) tells me that 91k per year is probably about the very top end of the pay scale. Doing a bit of research it looks like 45k-78k is the average annual salary for an FA.
So... in short after all of the above I think it may be time to look closer at the salaries. While I understand that this is a game and I certainly don't expect everything dead-on accurate I do think the numbers we currently have are considerably higher than what we're trying to simulate here (the airline industry).
***EDIT*** I forgot to point out... I haven't even looked at the other salaries (ground crew, technical, customer service etc). They may or may not be off as well.