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First Officer (Aircraft) Salary

Men make up the majority of First Aircraft Officers in the United States, bringing in about $43K per year. Though the majority of First Aircraft Officers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,446 - $106,985
(Median)
$24K
$43K
$110K
MEDIAN: $43,370
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50%
90%

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$21.85 - $125.84
(Median)
$22
$42
$130
MEDIAN: $41.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$24,446 - $106,985  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,091  
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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$26,015 - $144,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$21.85 - $125.84  
   
Overtime
$47.00 - $350.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$240K$480K$720K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,091  
   
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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$26,015 - $144,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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Job Description for First Officer (Aircraft)

In commercial aviation, most airlines and many freight companies will have two persons in the cockpit of flights, due either to company policy or mandates of aviation authorities. While the pilot or pilot-in-command is responsible for the flight, the "first officer" is his/her second-in-command who assists the pilot in in various capacities throughout the flight.

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Pay by Experience Level for First Officer (Aircraft)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


First Aircraft Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $39K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $56K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $86K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $105K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects First Officer (Aircraft) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 110%

Experienced
up arrow 71%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 11%
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