Aircraft Test Pilot Salary

The average salary for an Aircraft Test Pilot is $117,048 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$84,716 - $152,465
MEDIAN: $117,047

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$84,716 - $152,465  
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$78,906 - $154,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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Job Description for Aircraft Test Pilot

The position of aircraft test pilot requires high technological and aeronautics proficiency. An aircraft test pilot is responsible for the testing of aircraft and provides suggestions for improvement of said aircraft. An aircraft test pilot has major responsibilities, which at times can put an aircraft test pilot in the line of danger. It is essential that an aircraft test pilot have the proficiency to perform diagnostic tests. It is also necessary to ensure that the aircraft is safe prior to using the aircraft for passenger use. Furthermore, an aircraft test pilot is responsible for diagnosing and testing aircraft that have been put out of service due to technical issues. A test pilot can work for public or private companies.


Aircraft Test Pilot Tasks

  • Identify and resolve issues as they arise during testing.
  • Ensure aircraft meets safety guidelines and airline standards.
  • Perform flight tests on new models and on aircraft following model renovations according to flight test techniques.
  • Develop aircraft testing plans.

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What is it like working as an Aircraft Test Pilot?

Aircraft Test Pilot in Spanish Fork:
"Good and bad of a test pilot."
Pros: I like the sense of satisfaction I get from my job. Benefits and schedule are good.
Cons: Sometimes I worry about job safety.

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Experience Affects Aircraft Test Pilot Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 12%