What does a Flight Instructor do?

Flight instructors teach students how to fly aircraft safely. They teach students safety rules and basic principles of flight and aircraft operation. They teach students about flight conditions, instruments in the cockpit, landing, takeoff, and how to check all systems aboard the plane. They take students through various instruction levels until they have met all the requirements to obtain a pilot's license and must adhere to FAA safety and instructor regulations while following the approved curriculum.

Flight instructors educate students on how to gain their pilot licensure or certification; they are responsible for providing, enhancing, and evaluating aspiring pilots’ knowledge and skills. They cover important topics including flight safety, aircraft maintenance, making safety calls during in-flight emergencies including engine failure, bad weather, or other aircraft malfunctions. Flight instructors need a minimum high school diploma, an airline transport pilot certificate, and an FAA-approved commercial pilot's license and special rating certifications.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
19%
2 - 4
16%
5 - 7
45%
8+
20%

Common Skill Sets

Aircraft Systems
Top Secret Clearance
Written Communication
Security Clearance
CRM
Formulate
Part 121
EASA

Flight Instructor Seniority Levels

L2
Flight Instructor
$46,862/yr
Captain
30% made the transition
Pilot
81% made the transition
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Flight Instructor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$46,862 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$33K
Median: $47K
$67K
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