An Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer earns an average salary of $97,761 per year. Experience strongly influences pay for this job.
Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer Total Pay (?
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$30,973 - $187,402
(Median)
31K
50K
98K
140K
190K
MEDIAN: $97,760
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Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer Total Pay (?
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$28.71 - $166.74
(Median)
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78
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170
MEDIAN: $78.00
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90%
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National Salary Data

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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$30,973 - $187,402  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,407  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $10,213  
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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$36,680 - $262,174  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 918
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$28.71 - $166.74  
   
Overtime
$19.75 - $269.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,407  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $10,213  
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).
)
$36,680 - $262,174  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 918
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Job Description for Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer
Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers generally perform jobs comprising the same duties. They ensure the safe flight of aircraft from one place to another by physically piloting and landing a variety of aircraft.
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Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer Tasks
  • Inspect and test aircraft according to standards and regulations.
  • Maintain, organize, and keep inventory of airplane equipment, parts and logs.
  • Maintain, clean, and perform checks on aircraft and associated equipment.
Pay by Experience Level for Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Memphis
up arrow 67%
Los Angeles
up arrow 58%
Seattle
up arrow 14%
Atlanta
up arrow 9%
Phoenix
up arrow 9%
Houston
up arrow 8%
New York
up arrow 6%
Dallas
up arrow 5%
Miami
up arrow 3%
National Average
$111,000
up arrow 5%
Detroit
up arrow 11%
Denver
up arrow 17%
Salt Lake City
up arrow 33%
Charlotte
up arrow 40%
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Experience Affects Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer Salaries

National Average
$111,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 21%
Entry-Level
up arrow 49%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 198 votes.
Gender
Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
28%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%
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