Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet Salary

Corporate Jet Pilots in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about three in four bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $83K per year on average but can range from $48K to $149K per year. In the world of Corporate Jet Pilots, overall income ranges from $48K near the bottom to $149K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Corporate Jet Pilots is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$46,870 - $138,179
(Median)
$47K
$83K
$140K
MEDIAN: $83,161
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$22.00 - $213.00
(Median)
$22
$51
$210
MEDIAN: $51.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,870 - $138,179  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,361  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,745  
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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$47,897 - $149,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 628
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$22.00 - $213.00  
   
Overtime
$2.64 - $295.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,361  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,745  
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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$47,897 - $149,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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 incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $58K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $73K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $90K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $100K.

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



National Average
$86,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%
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