Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet Salary (United States)

Corporate Jet Pilots who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up close to three-fourths of Corporate Jet Pilots. Pay fluctuates from $45,742 to $142,353 per year, but expected earnings average $82,280 annually. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to about half. Work is enjoyable for Corporate Jet Pilots, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet Salary (?
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$44,177 - $131,906
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MEDIAN: $79,820
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Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet Salary (?
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$22.47 - $123.44
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,177 - $131,906  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,635  
Profit Sharing
$618 - $11,562  
Commission
$5,000 - $19,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,742 - $142,353  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 719
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$22.47 - $123.44  
   
Overtime
$2.71 - $117.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,635  
   
Commission
$5,000 - $19,000  
Profit Sharing
$618 - $11,562  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,742 - $142,353  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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Job Description for Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet

While some very large multinational corporations that own their own jets hire pilots full time, others may lease planes or contract services from corporate jet providers. In any case, the aircraft pilot for corporate jets typically makes daily or almost daily flights; they frequently transport corporate executives to various meetings and site visits.
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Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet Tasks
  • Acquire clearance from control towers before takeoff and arrival.
  • Inspect aircraft for defects before boarding and ensure that all weight distribution and fuel amounts comply with regulation.
  • Regulate aircraft performance and speed, and steer aircraft with autopilot and flight management computing assistance.
  • Respond and report in-flight emergencies.

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Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. At career start, salaries are typically $57K, which grow to $70K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $88K after one to two decades. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Corporate Jet Pilots earning an average of $100K per year. The largest number of Corporate Jet Pilots have more than 20 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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New York
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Oakland
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Pittsburgh
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Dallas
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Atlanta
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Denver
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Omaha
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Portland
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National Average
$82,000
Houston
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San Antonio
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Charlotte
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For those looking to make money, Corporate Jet Pilots in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 67 percent above the national average. Corporate Jet Pilots can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+63 percent), Oakland (+56 percent), Pittsburgh (+28 percent), and Dallas (+21 percent). Charlotte ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (-15 percent) and Houston (-8 percent).

Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet in Houston:
"College Is Overrated And Over Priced."
Just work at getting your flight training and skip the degree. Excel in your field by putting in your efforts and energies into your skill instead of making a student loan payment. Stay flexible and free from getting established in any one city or relationship. This will allow you to move where the opportunities are, to grow in your career. Aviation is very dynamic as an industry and sector of the economy. It has volatility greater than most other industries. Staying flexible will allow one self to ebb and flow with the cycles of the industry as well. Make connections. No matter how good of a pilot or employee you maybe, if you do not make connections, it is hard to get a foot in the door. Lastly, the industry is a small industry. You will meet people and then run into them somewhere again down the line. DO NOT burn bridges.

Experience Affects Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$82,000
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 15%
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