First Officer (Aircraft) Salary

Men represent the vast majority of First Aircraft Officers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $45K annually nationwide. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,761 - $107,901

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$22.69 - $124.16

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$24,761 - $107,901  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,156  
Total Pay (?
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$28,098 - $144,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$22.69 - $124.16  
   
Overtime
$47.00 - $350.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$240K$480K$720K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,156  
   
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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$28,098 - $144,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $61K on average — a distinctly larger sum. First Aircraft Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $90K. First Aircraft Officers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $105K on average.

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Experience Affects First Officer (Aircraft) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 77%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$51,000

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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 9%
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