How much does a Pilot make?

Updated Nov 26, 2023

Experience

Industry

Total Pay Range
$87K - $162K/yr
Base Pay
$80K - $150K/yr
Additional Pay
$7K - $12K/yr

$116K

/yr
$87K$162K
Most Likely Range

The estimated total pay for a Pilot is $115,841 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $107,131 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 $8,711 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.

How accurate is this most likely Total Pay range (base + additional) of $87K-$162K/yr?

Total Pay Trajectory

For Pilot

$115,841 /yr
Pilot
$218,373 /yr
Senior Pilot
$153,028 /yr
Pilot IV
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What is the total pay trajectory for Pilot?

Job TitleSalary
Pilot$115,841 /yr
Senior Pilot$218,373 /yr
Pilot IV$153,028 /yr

Top Paying Companies

For a Pilot in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Pilot in United States. Employers include Cathay Pacific, XOJET and Delta Air Lines.

1
Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific
$180,673/yr
276 open jobs
2
XOJET
$180,474/yr
6
JSX
$154,950/yr
10
JetBlue
$150,283/yr
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Top Paying Companies

For Pilot in United States

1Cathay Pacific$180,673
2XOJET$180,474
3Delta Air Lines$170,015
4Atlas Air Worldwide$165,678
5Alaska Airlines$158,170
6JSX$154,950
7United Airlines$154,517
8American Airlines$151,794
9Southwest Airlines$151,229
10JetBlue$150,283
Total Pay Trajectory

For Pilot

$115,841 /yr
Pilot
$218,373 /yr
Senior Pilot
$153,028 /yr
Pilot IV
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What is the total pay trajectory for Pilot?

Job TitleSalary
Pilot$115,841 /yr
Senior Pilot$218,373 /yr
Pilot IV$153,028 /yr

What are total pay estimates for a Pilot at different companies?

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US Air Force
4.1
PilotSee 379 salaries from all locations

$106,090

 / yr
US Army
3.8
PilotSee 162 salaries from all locations

$100,164

 / yr
US Navy
3.7
PilotSee 159 salaries from all locations

$105,805

 / yr
American Airlines
3.7
PilotSee 112 salaries from all locations

$151,794

 / yr
SkyWest Airlines
3.7
PilotSee 90 salaries from all locations

$56

 / hr
US Marine Corps
3.9
PilotSee 85 salaries from all locations

$101,483

 / yr
Delta Air Lines
4.3
PilotSee 82 salaries from all locations

$170,015

 / yr

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NetJets
3.2
PilotSee 78 salaries from all locations

$136,755

 / yr
United States Federal Government
4.1
PilotSee 59 salaries from all locations

$106,639

 / yr
United Airlines
3.9
PilotSee 55 salaries from all locations

$154,517

 / yr
Mesa Air
2.8
PilotSee 51 salaries from all locations

$55

 / hr
JetBlue
3.6
PilotSee 44 salaries from all locations

$150,283

 / yr
Southwest Airlines
4.1
PilotSee 37 salaries from all locations

$151,229

 / yr
Air Methods
3.4
PilotSee 36 salaries from all locations

$93,141

 / yr
Jet Linx
3.1
PilotSee 35 salaries from all locations

$127,480

 / yr
Republic Airways
3.7
PilotSee 34 salaries from all locations

$112,486

 / yr
ExpressJet Airlines
3.1
PilotSee 31 salaries from all locations

$115,519

 / yr
Flexjet
4
PilotSee 29 salaries from all locations

$122,530

 / yr
Envoy Air
3.4
PilotSee 27 salaries from all locations

$55

 / hr
PSA Airlines
3.4
PilotSee 27 salaries from all locations

$58

 / hr
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Pilot Salaries

Job TitleSalary
US Air Force Pilot salaries - 379 salaries reported$106,090/yr
US Army Pilot salaries - 162 salaries reported$100,164/yr
US Navy Pilot salaries - 159 salaries reported$105,805/yr
American Airlines Pilot salaries - 112 salaries reported$151,794/yr
SkyWest Airlines Pilot salaries - 90 salaries reported$56/hr
US Marine Corps Pilot salaries - 85 salaries reported$101,483/yr
Delta Air Lines Pilot salaries - 82 salaries reported$170,015/yr
NetJets Pilot salaries - 78 salaries reported$136,755/yr
United States Federal Government Pilot salaries - 59 salaries reported$106,639/yr
United Airlines Pilot salaries - 55 salaries reported$154,517/yr
Mesa Air Pilot salaries - 51 salaries reported$55/hr
JetBlue Pilot salaries - 44 salaries reported$150,283/yr
Southwest Airlines Pilot salaries - 37 salaries reported$151,229/yr
Air Methods Pilot salaries - 36 salaries reported$93,141/yr
Jet Linx Pilot salaries - 35 salaries reported$127,480/yr
Republic Airways Pilot salaries - 34 salaries reported$112,486/yr
ExpressJet Airlines Pilot salaries - 31 salaries reported$115,519/yr
Flexjet Pilot salaries - 29 salaries reported$122,530/yr
Envoy Air Pilot salaries - 27 salaries reported$55/hr
PSA Airlines Pilot salaries - 27 salaries reported$58/hr
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Top Paying Industries

For a Pilot in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Pilot in United States are Media & Communication with a median total pay of $121,236, Transportation & Logistics with a median total pay of $118,099, Information Technology with a median total pay of $116,793, Energy, Mining & Utilities with a median total pay of $111,940, and Aerospace & Defense with a median total pay of $111,674.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Media & CommunicationMedia & Communication$121,236

    7% Higher than other industries

  • Transportation & LogisticsTransportation & Logistics$118,099

    5% Higher than other industries

  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$116,793

    4% Higher than other industries

  • Energy, Mining & UtilitiesEnergy, Mining & Utilities$111,940

    0% Lower than other industries

  • Aerospace & DefenseAerospace & Defense$111,674

    0% Lower than other industries

Media & Communication

The top paying company in Media & Communication for Pilot is Self Opportunity.

Self OpportunitySelf Opportunity$121,236/yr

Pilot pay FAQ

The average salary for a Pilot is $115,841 per year in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 4644 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Pilot employees in United States.

The highest salary for a Pilot in United States is $162,178 per year.

The lowest salary for a Pilot in United States is $86,881 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Pilot or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Pilot.

Pilots usually begin their careers as officers earning six-figures. As they progress through the ranks of the profession, accumulating experience and seniority, their wages increase further. Additionally, they are typically paid additional “per diem” hourly stipends for every hour away from home, even when they are not actively flying. Airlines also typically pay for hotels, transportation and meals. While hours can be long, federal regulations ensure that pilot schedules include breaks.

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Anonymous Glassdoor ratings indicate that around 71% of pilots are happy with the salaries they earn. A pilot who holds a bachelor's degree in aviation, has accumulated many flight hours, and earns a potential $8,710.57 in additional pay may qualify as earning a good salary.

Depending on the level of experience, a pilot following the average career path can earn a total pay of anywhere between $67,187.85 and $211,989.26. After gaining enough flight hours and experience, you could be in line for a promotion with a higher total pay ceiling. The average pay for pilots right now is approximately $115,841.13.

If you want to earn more money from your career as a pilot or apply for a new position with a higher salary, think of what you have to offer. One way to increase your value to potential employers is to earn a degree. You don't need a degree to become a pilot, but some airlines do require one in addition to your pilot's license. Another method is becoming certified in as many aspects of your job as possible. For example, if you have a commercial pilot certificate, then get your airline transport pilot certificate.

If you're trying to negotiate the best possible salary for your new pilot job, highlight your most in-demand skills and certifications. The more qualified you are for the position, the better your salary should be.

Asking for a salary increase at your current job can be nerve-racking. Get your timing right, and be prepared to support your request. Keep your personal life out of it. Mention some of your more notable achievements and certifications in the field. Ask for a raise that's higher than what you're willing to accept to give yourself some room to settle.

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