First Officer (Aircraft) Salary

First Aircraft Officers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $47K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Work is enjoyable for First Aircraft Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,836 - $123,873
$24K
$47K
$120K
MEDIAN: $46,932
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$21.45 - $148.00
$21
$36
$150
MEDIAN: $35.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$23,836 - $123,873  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$26,553 - $152,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$21.45 - $148.00  
   
Overtime
$47.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$26,553 - $152,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | 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.


First Aircraft Officers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $47K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $65K. First Aircraft Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $77K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $146K on average.

Key Stats for First Officer (Aircraft)

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects First Officer (Aircraft) Salaries

Late-Career
▲167%

Experienced
▲41%

Mid-Career
▲19%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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