Updated Dec 13, 2021

How much does a Flight Instructor make?

Updated Dec 13, 2021

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Industry

$83,242 / yrTotal Pay
$66,062 / yrBase Pay
$17,181 / yrAdditional Pay

$83,242

 / yr
$41K$289K
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Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Flight Instructor is $83,242 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $66,062 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $17,181 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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$83,242 /yr
Flight Instructor
$80,899 /yr
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Some related job titles are Airplane Pilot Salaries with median pay of $95,016, Certified Flight Instructor Salaries with median pay of $84,879, Corporate Pilot Salaries with median pay of $101,246, Helicopter Pilot Salaries with median pay of $94,379.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
4.2

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Flight Instructor - Hourly

$25

 /hr
Range: $12 - $36

$12

$36

$12 - $36 Range

iFLY Indoor Skydiving
3.2

iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Flight Instructor

$45,232

 /yr
Range: $23K - $59K

$23K

$59K

$22,556 - $58,967 Range

ATP Flight School
3.6

ATP Flight School

Flight Instructor - Hourly Contractor

$19

 /hr
Range: $9 - $28

$9

$28

$9 - $28 Range

CAE
3.8

CAE

Flight Instructor

$40,661

 /yr
Range: $31K - $138K

$31K

$138K

$30,787 - $138,334 Range

ATP Flight School
3.6

ATP Flight School

Flight Instructor - Hourly

$16

 /hr
Range: $7 - $28

$7

$28

$7 - $28 Range

AeroGuard (AZ)
3.2

AeroGuard (AZ)

Flight Instructor

$35,763

 /yr
Range: $34K - $50K

$34K

$50K

$33,500 - $49,741 Range

University of North Dakota
4.3

University of North Dakota

Flight Instructor - Hourly

$22

 /hr
Range: $16 - $31

$16

$31

$16 - $31 Range

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FlightSafety International
3.3

$88,787

 /yr
Range: $40K - $100K

$40K

$100K

$39,602 - $99,695 Range

American Flyers
3.2

American Flyers

Flight Instructor - Hourly

$28

 /hr
Range: $20 - $31

$20

$31

$20 - $31 Range

Phoenix East Aviation
3.5

Phoenix East Aviation

Flight Instructor - Hourly

$23

 /hr
Range: $16 - $28

$16

$28

$16 - $28 Range

TransPac Aviation Academy
2.3

TransPac Aviation Academy

Flight Instructor

$34,167

 /yr
Range: $28K - $40K

$28K

$40K

$28,051 - $40,424 Range

Purdue University
4.3

Purdue University

Flight Instructor - Hourly

$15

 /hr
Range: $12 - $17

$12

$17

$12 - $17 Range

Hillsboro Aero Academy
4.4

Hillsboro Aero Academy

Flight Instructor - Hourly

$17

 /hr
Range: $9 - $31

$9

$31

$9 - $31 Range

Lockheed Martin
4.1

Lockheed Martin

Flight Instructor

$69,619

 /yr
Range: $68K - $106K

$68K

$106K

$67,541 - $105,958 Range

Southern Illinois University
3.8

Southern Illinois University

Flight Instructor - Monthly

$3,210

 /mo
Range: $341 - $3K

$341

$3K

$341 - $3,316 Range

iFLY Indoor Skydiving
3.2

iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Flight Instructor - Hourly

$16

 /hr
Range: $16 - $24

$16

$24

$16 - $24 Range

Epic Flight Academy
4.2

Epic Flight Academy

Flight Instructor - Hourly

$27

 /hr
Range: $19 - $37

$19

$37

$19 - $37 Range

US Aviation Academy
3.5

US Aviation Academy

Flight Instructor - Hourly

$25

 /hr
Range: $19 - $33

$19

$33

$19 - $33 Range

US Army
3.8

US Army

Flight Instructor

$56,227

 /yr
Range: $42K - $130K

$42K

$130K

$42,373 - $130,370 Range

L3Harris
3.6

L3Harris

Flight Instructor - Hourly

$19

$24

$19 - $24 Range

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$22

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10 days ago by a Certified Flight Instructor with 1 to 3 years of experience

$32,500

/yrAvg Base Salary

13 days ago by a Flight Instructor with 1 to 3 years of experience

$15

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14 days ago by a Certified Flight Instructor with 1 to 3 years of experience

$15

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14 days ago by a Certified Flight Instructor with 1 to 3 years of experience

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$22

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Cash Bonus$144,000/hr

15 days ago by a Flight Instructor/Commercial Pilot with 1 to 3 years of experience

$15

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16 days ago by a Flight Instructor with 1 to 3 years of experience

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Frequently asked questions about a Flight Instructor salaries

The national average salary for a Flight Instructor is $46,862 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Flight Instructor salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 24 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Flight Instructor employees.

The highest salary for a Flight Instructor in United States is $67,025 per year.

The lowest salary for a Flight Instructor in United States is $32,764 per year.

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