Salaries for Commercial Pilots
In the U.S., most pilots’ first paid job is the position of certified flight instructor. They first earn a private pilot license, instrument rating, commercial Pilot, and instructor training, and then they teach others to fly. This is mainly because of the 2013 FAA “1,500-hour rule.” The rule requires all First Officers flying for commercial airlines to have accrued a minimum of 1,500 hours to qualify for their Air Transport Pilot (ATP) license. In order to log these required hours, pilots become instructors. This allows them to “build time” in their logbooks, hone their skills, teach new pilots, and get paid.
Most CFIs earn a modest $30-40 per hour, depending on the flight school. The critical component for U.S. pilots is that they can build their hours without having to rent the use of an airplane, which could be costly. Once they have earned their ATPL, pilots can expect to be hired as a junior First Officer with a regional airline at an hourly rate of $35-70, depending on the company.
The starting salary for a newly qualified first officer working for a small operation may be around £22,000 (or $35,000).
Starting salaries for those in larger companies are higher at around £24,000 pa to £28,000 pa ($38,000 to $45,000).
Salaries for more experienced commercial pilots could range from £28,000 ($45,000) to £44,000 ($70,000) in a first officer role. The starting salary for a captain with a medium-sized airline may range from £54,000 ($87,000) to £75,000 ($120,000), while those with the major operators could earn from £97,000 ($156,000) to over £140,000 ($225,000).
Average Commercial Pilot Salary in India :₹17,00,000
Junior First Officer — 1.25 Lakhs/m to 1.50 Lakhs/m
First Officer — 1.50 Lakhs/m to 2.00 Lakhs/m
Senior First Officer — 2.50 Lakhs/m to 3.50 Lakhs/m
Captain — 4.00 Lakhs/m to 5.50 Lakhs/m
Senior Captain — 6.00 Lakhs/m to 8 Lakhs/m
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