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Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet Salary (United States)

Corporate Jet Pilots in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — nearly three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $46K to $146K per year, median earnings come to $81K per year. Total cash compensation for Corporate Jet Pilots runs from $46K to $146K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $18K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. Work is enjoyable for Corporate Jet Pilots, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet Salary (?
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$44,356 - $134,594
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MEDIAN: $80,907
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$24.16 - $211.57
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,356 - $134,594  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,826  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,940  
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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$45,968 - $145,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 686
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$24.16 - $211.57  
   
Overtime
$2.80 - $290.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,826  
   
Commission
$5,000 - $19,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,940  
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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$45,968 - $145,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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.
For many Corporate Jet Pilots, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $54K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $70K. Corporate Jet Pilots with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $89K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $96K on average.

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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Atlanta
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Dallas
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Denver
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Omaha
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Portland
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National Average
$83,000
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.
Corporate Jet Pilots will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 85 percent. Corporate Jet Pilots will also find cushy salaries in New York (+67 percent), Oakland (+55 percent), Pittsburgh (+27 percent), and Atlanta (+25 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Corporate Jet Pilots in Charlotte earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Employers in San Antonio and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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.
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Experience Affects Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$83,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 163 votes.

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
38%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 14%