How much does a UAV Operator make?

Updated Aug 31, 2021

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Employer Size

Experience

$52,622 /yr
Average Base Pay

70 salaries

$27K

Low

$53K

Average

$101K

High

No additional cash compensation has been reported for this role

The national average salary for UAV Operator is $52,622 per year in United States. Filter by location to see UAV Operator salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 70 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by UAV Operator employees.

Seniority Levels

L2
Operator$44,325 /yr
L3
Senior Operator$49,310 /yr
L4
Operator IV$60,336 /yr
Career Path

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US Army
3.9

US Army

UAV Operator

$35,415

 /yr
Range: $21K - $67K
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$21K

$67K

$20,563 - $67,192 Range

US Marine Corps
3.9

US Marine Corps

UAV Operator

$38,218

 /yr
Range: $23K - $89K

$23K

$89K

$22,503 - $88,913 Range

Insitu
3.2

Insitu

UAV Operator

$76,000

 /yr
Range: $43K - $104K

$43K

$104K

$43,165 - $104,463 Range

Northrop Grumman
4

Northrop Grumman

UAV Operator

$79,995

 /yr
Range: $63K - $127K

$63K

$127K

$63,100 - $127,237 Range

US Army
3.9

US Army

UAV Operator - Monthly Contractor

$2,669

 /mo
Range: $2K - $3K

$2K

$3K

$2,431 - $3,206 Range

Textron Systems
3.7

Textron Systems

UAV Operator
About 

$74K -$135K

$74K

$135K

$74,429 - $134,691 Range

Trinity Solar
3.9

Trinity Solar

UAV Operator - Hourly
About 

$21 -$29

 hourly

$21

$29

$21 - $29 Range

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PrecisionHawk
3

PrecisionHawk

UAV Operator
About 

$49K -$61K

$49K

$61K

$48,655 - $60,842 Range

US Navy
3.8

US Navy

UAV Operator
About 

$54K -$58K

$54K

$58K

$53,678 - $57,745 Range

Boeing
3.8

Boeing

UAV Operator
About 

$137K -$147K

$137K

$147K

$136,869 - $147,237 Range

General Atomics
3.7

General Atomics

UAV Operator - Contractor
About 

$72K -$79K

$72K

$79K

$71,996 - $78,932 Range

Huntington Ingalls Industries
3.5

$51K

$56K

$51,479 - $55,776 Range

Army National Guard
4.1

Army National Guard

UAV Operator - Hourly
About 

$20 -$22

 hourly

$20

$22

$20 - $22 Range

DOD
4

DOD

UAV Operator
About 

$28K -$31K

$28K

$31K

$28,357 - $30,877 Range

Textron Systems
3.7

Textron Systems

UAV Operator - Contractor
About 

$66K -$72K

$66K

$72K

$66,013 - $71,911 Range

TAMU-Corpus Christi
4.1

TAMU-Corpus Christi

UAV Operator - Hourly
About 

$25 -$28

 hourly

$25

$28

$25 - $28 Range

MAG Aerospace
4.1

MAG Aerospace

UAV Operator
About 

$127K -$139K

$127K

$139K

$127,442 - $138,827 Range

United States Army Special Operations Command
4.5

$31K

$34K

$31,028 - $33,839 Range

VTG
3.8

VTG

UAV Operator
About 

$60K -$66K

$60K

$66K

$60,325 - $65,531 Range

Academi
3.1

Academi

UAV Operator - Contractor
About 

$137K -$148K

$137K

$148K

$136,669 - $147,514 Range

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Frequently asked questions about an UAV Operator salaries

The national average salary for an UAV Operator is $52,622 per year in United States. Filter by location to see an UAV Operator salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 70 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by an UAV Operator employees.

The highest salary for an UAV Operator in United States is $100,800 per year.

The lowest salary for an UAV Operator in United States is $27,471 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent uav operator salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$14
hourly
An Operator in the Columbus, OH Area area reported making $14 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Columbus, OH Area area
Part-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
$16
hourly
An Operator in the Louisville, KY Area area reported making $16 per hour
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Louisville, KY Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
$22
hourly
A GSOC Operator in the Houston, TX Area area reported making $22 per hour
Job Highlights
Houston, TX Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$22
hourly
An Operator in the Atlanta, GA Area area reported making $22 per hour
Job Highlights
Atlanta, GA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Private
$15
hourly
A Nutrition Operator in the Charlotte, NC Area area reported making $15 per hour
Additional Pay
$200 cash bonus
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Charlotte, NC Area area
Part-time
 
10000+ employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
$16
hourly
A Pallet Jack Operator in the Bloomington, IN Area area reported making $16 per hour
Job Highlights
Bloomington, IN Area area
Full-time
 
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
$11
hourly
A Robot Operator in the Lafayette, IN Area area reported making $11 per hour
Job Highlights
Lafayette, IN Area area
Part-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$30,000
per year
A Tlc Operator in the Nashville, TN Area area reported making $30,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Nashville, TN Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$2,200
monthly
A Cyber Systems Operator in the Hawaiian Islands Area area reported making $2,200 per month
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Hawaiian Islands Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Government
$15
hourly
A Tank Operator in the Houston, TX Area area reported making $15 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Houston, TX Area area
Full-time
 
1 to 50 employees
Government
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