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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 $44K annually nationwide. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$23,217 - $108,372
(Median)
$23K
$44K
$110K
MEDIAN: $43,530
10%
50%
90%

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$16.60 - $92.98
(Median)
$17
$38
$93
MEDIAN: $37.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$23,217 - $108,372  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $11,191  
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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$24,424 - $133,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$16.60 - $92.98  
   
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 - $9,787  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $11,191  
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).
)
$24,424 - $133,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $62K. First Aircraft Officers see a median salary of $78K after reaching one to two decades on the job. First Aircraft Officers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $96K.

Experience Affects First Officer (Aircraft) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 96%

Experienced
up arrow 60%

Mid-Career
up arrow 27%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 14%