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Thursday, 22 November 2007 18:45

A. Pilots Salary in the US

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Some Typical Pilots' Salary in the US

Career Title
Salary Range (Annual US$)
Educational Requirements
Who Employs

Agricultural Pilot

$20,000 - $70,000
High School Diploma, special training, and license Agricultural operators, large farms

Air Taxi Pilot

$9 - $18 / hr
College Preferred Fixed base operators, Air Taxi Operators

Air Traffic Reporting Pilot

$18,000 - $40,000
College Preferred Radio & TV; traffic reporting companies


$42,000 - $80,000
Engineering, Physical Science, Physics, or similar advanced Degree NASA

Corporate Pilot


$19,400 - $115,000
College Preferred;most require 4 year Degree Companies with flight departments

Flight Instructor

$12,300 - $40,530
High School Diploma Flight schools

Helicopter Pilot

$29,000 - $57,000
College Preferred; most require 4 year degree Helicopter operators, Corporate flight departments

Major / National Airline Pilot

$23,000 - $250,000
College preferred; most require 4 year degree Major and National Airlines

Military Pilot

$21,290 - $99,000
College Degree U.S. Armed Forces

Regional Airline Pilot

$16,500 - $60,000
College preferred;most require 4 year Degree
Regional Airlines

Test Pilot

$15,000 -$200,000

College preferred

FAA, Airlines, Aircraft manufacturing plants, Government agencies

Sources : Avjobs.com



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I'm surprised that an astronaut gets paid less than a pilot! I always thought that wasn't the case.
Sean , 23 May, 2010
So I'm aspiring to fly for a major airline when I'm older (I'm sixteen), but I'm not planning on going to a normal flight school. I want to get my experience from the military (particularly the U.S. Navy). Are there perks to doing that? Will I have an advantage when I want to get hired?
Zach , 04 Feb, 2011

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