Over three-quarters of Corporate Jet Pilots in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $55K to $156K per year, and the average comes out to $91K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $18K, total cash payment to Corporate Jet Pilots can bottom out at $55K or peak near $156K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$53,935 - $149,394
$54K
$91K
$150K
MEDIAN: $91,115
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50%
90%

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$12.26 - $391.49
$12
$88
$390
MEDIAN: $87.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$53,935 - $149,394  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,225  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $18,121  
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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$54,601 - $155,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 561
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$140$280$420
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $391.49  
   
Overtime
$41.67 - $257.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$280K$560K$840K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,225  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $18,121  
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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$54,601 - $155,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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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

  • Regulate aircraft performance and speed, and steer aircraft with autopilot and flight management computing assistance.
  • Respond and report in-flight emergencies.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet


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Corporate Jet Pilots who take on a higher-level position such as Chief Pilot may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Chief Pilots on average bring home $82K.

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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.


For many Corporate Jet Pilots, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $68K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $82K. Corporate Jet Pilots claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $94K. Corporate Jet Pilots who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $105K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $94,234

Larger city markers 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, 46 percent above the national average. Corporate Jet Pilots will also find cushy salaries in New York (+43 percent), Oakland (+31 percent), Las Vegas (+30 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). Corporate Jet Pilots in Dallas make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Portland (12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet Advice

Q: What is it like working as an Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet?

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.

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Key Stats for Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
039
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
39%
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Experience Affects Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet Salaries



National Average
$94,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet Salaries


National Average
$94,000

ATP
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Pilot
up arrow 20%

Transport
up arrow 43%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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