When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $71K annually) can be spotted in Columbus, Ohio; St. Louis, Mo. (about $67K), Tulsa, Okla. ($64K), and Wichita, Kan. (around $62K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Flushing, N.Y.; in fact, at $36K it is one of the worst-paid cities. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Ohio; salaries there average to $71K per year.
The highest paychecks go to Aviation Program Managers, who earn an average approximately $90K annually, closely trailed by Flight Instructors (around $71K), Senior Mechanical Engineers ($63K), and Design Engineers ($58K).
Years of Experience
Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make about $54K per year on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (30 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make $65K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
FAA Pilot Licensees are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $83K per year. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) at FlightSafety International Inc. come out on top, and their salaries approach $64K annually.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Program Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of about $90K per year. A garden variety skill at FlightSafety International Inc. is C++; more than a third of FlightSafety International Inc.'s people use it regularly. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and AutoCAD round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
Only two-fifths of employees enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. Nearly all respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Almost all survey participants report having health insurance, and the vast majority of survey participants report having dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are life insurance, tuition reimbursement, flexible hours, and relocation expenses.