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Old 04-11-2009, 04:01 PM   #1
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How much do pilots get paid ?????

My dads getting a new job and he has a pilots licence (commercial) and he wants to use it as his job.
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Re: How much do pilots get paid ?????

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Re: How much do pilots get paid ?????

Depends on different factors. I think here in the US, a typical case where someone starting out flying RJs gets paid similar to what the guy telling kids where to go at Universal Studios in the lines gets paid, but it does go up over time.

Some airlines also differentiate their pay scales according to seniority, others spread it out to different types and positions. Really, it depends on the airline.
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Re: How much do pilots get paid ?????

My father told me that a beginner commerical pilot, gets 100,000 a year. I am not sure for higher levels though.
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Re: How much do pilots get paid ?????

It depends on the airline, country, experience, etc.
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Re: How much do pilots get paid ?????

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My father told me that a beginner commerical pilot, gets 100,000 a year. I am not sure for higher levels though.
As Lot said, there are numerous different factors that determine a pilots salary. First and foremost, experience (aka flight hours). I don't know of any new commercial pilot that starts out even close to 100k. A pilots best bet, other than the military, is to start out by flying corporate, cargo or commuter and log as many hours as he/she can. I don't believe an F/O on an airline even makes 100k. The good money starts when you're a senior captain. I could be wrong, but thats what i've heard anywho.

I'm sure Wahoo could enlighten us a little more on this one
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:49 AM   #7
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Re: How much do pilots get paid ?????

Here is something to base yourself on

LEVEL 1Flight Instructor (single engine planes)
EARNINGS$15,000 to $50,000 a year
REQUIREMENTS• Commercial pilot’s license
• Flight instructor rating
• Float rating (if instructing on float planes)
RESPONSIBILITIESFlight Instructor:
Teaching flight and ground school courses to beginning pilots.
LEVEL 2Charter Pilot (light multiple engine planes)
EARNINGS$25,000 to $65,000 a year
REQUIREMENTS• Multiple engine and instrument ratings
• Approximately 2 years of experience as an instructor or charter pilot (single-engine planes)
RESPONSIBILITIESTransporting people and cargo in light multiple engine planes; possibly patrolling, flying an air ambulance in remote areas, or flying executive charters.
LEVEL 3Charter/Scheduled Pilot (larger planes)
EARNINGS$50,000 to $80,000 a year
REQUIREMENTS• Airline transport license
• Approximately 4 to 6 years of experience as a charter pilot (light multiple engine planes)
RESPONSIBILITIESTransporting people and cargo over longer distances on a chartered basis or on scheduled routes. (Pilots typically work for regional carriers at this stage of their careers. As pilots move into progressively larger planes, which require more than one pilot in the cockpit, they will be required to work as a co-pilot before becoming captain. The co-pilot assists the captain in his or her duties.)
LEVEL 4Airline Pilot (for a major airline)
EARNINGS$70,000 to $200,000 a year
REQUIREMENTS• Approximately 6 years of experience flying turbo prop and/or jet planes
RESPONSIBILITIESOperation of large aircraft on scheduled routes; progressing from co-pilot to captain duties and from smaller to larger, more powerful aircraft.
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:01 AM   #8
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Re: How much do pilots get paid ?????

Back in 1987 I started as an F/O at American Eagle making a whopping $13,000 flying the Short 3-60. When I made Captain in 1989 I went to $30,000 a year. My buddy who has been at American Eagle since I started way back in 1987 is now making over $60,000. So that's what 22 years?

I know starting at American Eagle is now something like $15,000 to $18,000. But that's about the only way to make it to the majors without going through the military.

Salaries at the majors are not much better but seem to increase a lot faster than the regionals. Although I think starting at Fed Ex is something like $45,000 and that was about the best I heard of. Actually Dylan could probably tell us better since he is a current pilot that hears more and better rumors than I do.
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Re: How much do pilots get paid ?????

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Here is something to base yourself on

LEVEL 1Flight Instructor (single engine planes)
EARNINGS$15,000 to $50,000 a year
REQUIREMENTS• Commercial pilot’s license
• Flight instructor rating
• Float rating (if instructing on float planes)

RESPONSIBILITIESFlight Instructor:
Teaching flight and ground school courses to beginning pilots.

LEVEL 2Charter Pilot (light multiple engine planes)
EARNINGS$25,000 to $65,000 a year
REQUIREMENTS• Multiple engine and instrument ratings
• Approximately 2 years of experience as an instructor or charter pilot (single-engine planes)

RESPONSIBILITIESTransporting people and cargo in light multiple engine planes; possibly patrolling, flying an air ambulance in remote areas, or flying executive charters.
LEVEL 3Charter/Scheduled Pilot (larger planes)
EARNINGS$50,000 to $80,000 a year
REQUIREMENTS• Airline transport license
• Approximately 4 to 6 years of experience as a charter pilot (light multiple engine planes)

RESPONSIBILITIESTransporting people and cargo over longer distances on a chartered basis or on scheduled routes. (Pilots typically work for regional carriers at this stage of their careers. As pilots move into progressively larger planes, which require more than one pilot in the cockpit, they will be required to work as a co-pilot before becoming captain. The co-pilot assists the captain in his or her duties.)
LEVEL 4Airline Pilot (for a major airline)
EARNINGS$70,000 to $200,000 a year
REQUIREMENTS• Approximately 6 years of experience flying turbo prop and/or jet planes
RESPONSIBILITIESOperation of large aircraft on scheduled routes; progressing from co-pilot to captain duties and from smaller to larger, more powerful aircraft.
Thanks Cyhupilot, I was talking to one of the flight instructors at Clow (1C5) and he was talking me through the scary requirements to become a flight instructor. Is it 100% necessary to become a single engine flight instructor before moving on the higher levels of commercial aviation?
Thanks for this interesting information.
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Re: How much do pilots get paid ?????

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Thanks Cyhupilot, I was talking to one of the flight instructors at Clow (1C5) and he was talking me through the scary requirements to become a flight instructor. Is it 100% necessary to become a single engine flight instructor before moving on the higher levels of commercial aviation?
Thanks for this interesting information.
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It is not 100% necessary to be a flight instructor, but there's no cheaper way to build flight time that I know of. Besides, if you think you know flying, start teaching. You'll start to see how much you don't know and how more you start to study and go back to your manuals.

One thing to remember about airline jobs at least right now. Don't expect to get on with anyone right now. The airlines are not hiring. At least none that I know of. And if they are it would be at the regional level and you might be a first officer for many years before upgrading to captain. And right now with the economy at a low point, there are a lot of pilots on furlough and possibly more to follow.

Again, maybe Dylan can shed some light on this subject.
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It is not 100% necessary to be a flight instructor, but there's no cheaper way to build flight time that I know of. Besides, if you think you know flying, start teaching. You'll start to see how much you don't know and how more you start to study and go back to your manuals.

One thing to remember about airline jobs at least right now. Don't expect to get on with anyone right now. The airlines are not hiring. At least none that I know of. And if they are it would be at the regional level and you might be a first officer for many years before upgrading to captain. And right now with the economy at a low point, there are a lot of pilots on furlough and possibly more to follow.

Again, maybe Dylan can shed some light on this subject.
From what I've heard, there are a bunch of airlines which are hiring. Air India, for example, has grounded most of its 777 fleet due to the lack of pilots. They were planning to use them on non-stops to SFO, etc. My source is my dad's friend, who was unfortunately laid off by SQ and is considering flying for AI if things don't improve.
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I stand corrected! The airlines are hiring!
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Thanks Cyhupilot, I was talking to one of the flight instructors at Clow (1C5) and he was talking me through the scary requirements to become a flight instructor. Is it 100% necessary to become a single engine flight instructor before moving on the higher levels of commercial aviation?
Thanks for this interesting information.
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No problem Adam,

As Wahoo said, it's not necessary, but it's the cheapest way to build up flying time. The instructors at my flying school log 700 to 800 hours a year.
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I looked this up for part of my Business Studies coursework and I found that if you work with huge airlines such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic etc, you can earn between £108,000 to around £122,000 per year, depending on which routes you fly and whether your Captain or not. I'll try to find the page that listed this info if you would like
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hahaha yeah only in a wet dream... try more along the lines of $22,000 before taxes.


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