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First Officer (Aircraft) Salary

Men make up the majority of First Aircraft Officers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $44K per year. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$24,479 - $105,529
(Median)
$24K
$44K
$110K
MEDIAN: $44,493
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50%
90%

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$21.53 - $114.82
(Median)
$22
$42
$110
MEDIAN: $41.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$24,479 - $105,529  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,274  
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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$26,333 - $140,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$21.53 - $114.82  
   
Overtime
$60.39 - $356.08  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$240K$480K$720K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,274  
   
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).
)
$26,333 - $140,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy 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 $55K on average. First Aircraft Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $78K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $100K.

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Experience Affects First Officer (Aircraft) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 103%

Experienced
up arrow 58%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 12%