A sizeable majority of First Aircraft Officers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $44K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most First Aircraft Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,672 - $119,195
(Median)
$24K
$44K
$120K
MEDIAN: $44,472
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90%

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$21.82 - $128.80
(Median)
$22
$36
$130
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$23,672 - $119,195  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,274  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$25,591 - $154,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$21.82 - $128.80  
   
Overtime
$47.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,274  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$25,591 - $154,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $46K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $64K. First Aircraft Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $83K. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $129K.

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Experience Affects First Officer (Aircraft) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 144%

Experienced
up arrow 59%

Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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