Experienced Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer Salary

Experienced Airline Pilots and Copilots can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $118K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash earnings of Experienced Airline Pilots and Copilots range from $62K on the low end to $257K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $30K and $26K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,080 - $205,135
$60K
$120K
$210K
MEDIAN: $117,577
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$39.48 - $190.50
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$190
MEDIAN: $107.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$60,080 - $205,135  
   
Bonus
$1,250 - $30,339  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,677  
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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$61,826 - $257,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$39.48 - $190.50  
   
Overtime
$32.50 - $360.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$240K$480K$720K
Bonus
$1,250 - $30,339  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,677  
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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$61,826 - $257,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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Southwest Airlines Co offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $294K.

The consistently lowest paying firm is United Airlines, Inc., where the median salary is just $179K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $81K to $271K.

Key Stats for Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
10-19 years
73%
20 years or more
27%
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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