How much do pilots get paid?
Do you like flying or just like the amount of money you can make ?
If you like just making money great, if you like both fantastic you’re in for the best career of a lifetime.
There are no two ways about it – getting your first flying job is the hardest but yet rewarding achievement of a lifetime it opens the doors up to so many career opportunities and massive earning potential.
According to annual survey in the UK Aircraft Pilots get paid the 4th highest average salary in the UK of £78,580.
Turbo Prop Aircraft
ATR 42/72, Q400
First Officer: £28,000 – £40,000 basic pay (£2,000 – £3,000 flight duty pay)
Captain: £60,000 – £80,000 basic pay (£2,000 – £3,000 flight duty pay)
Executive Jet aircraft:
PRIVATE JETS, CIRRUS , CITATION , FALCON,
First Officer: £28,000 – £50,000 basic pay (£2,000 – £6,000 flight duty pay)
Captain: £50,000 – £95,000 basic pay (£2,000 – £7,000 flight duty pay)
Short Haul Jet Single Isle Aircraft
AIRBUS A220 A320 ,BOEING B737 B757, EMBRAER 190/195
First Officer: £48,000 – £80,000 basic pay (£2,000 – £10,000 flight duty pay)
Captain: £100,000 – £125,000 basic pay (£2,000 – £9,000 flight duty pay)
Long Haul Jet aircraft:
AIRBUS A330 A340 A350 A380 ,BOEING B767 B777 B787
First Officer: £45,000 – £120,000 basic pay (£2,000 – £10,000 flight duty pay)
Captain: £80,000 – £170,000 basic pay (£2,000 – £13,000 flight duty pay)
Becoming an airline Pilot:
Becoming a successful pilot requires a lot of work and dedication, with pilots required to undergo extensive training to qualify, and pass certain tests every six months. The realistic financial commitments to become a pilot must be taken in to consideration too. As well as studying for these tests, commercial pilots must pass a medical examination every year.
Flight duty pay
Flight duty pay is additional pay that can affect monthly take-home, although not all airlines use this system. It varies from company to company but essentially Flight Duty Pay is an element of pay based on a pilot being at work, in addition to basic salary. Often this is taxed at a different rate to the main salary. Flight Duty Pay can be a flat rate per sector or an hourly rate and can be based on duty time or flight time.
Incremental pay and benefits
It’s worth remembering that a pilot’s salary is often incremental, rising with each year of service within the company. And benefits and rewards should be taken into account too, including signing bonuses, health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance and a retirement plan. You’ll also get a pension scheme, various allowances, health cover and discounted travel.
Other benefits include paid vacation time, sick days, holidays, food expenses, and you also get to benefit from your schedule. Because a pilot can only fly 900 hours per year, you get as much as 10 days off every month, so you have more leisure time.