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Helicopter Pilot Salary

Helicopter Pilots in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and approximately three in five have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $71K per year, but may range from $50K to $122K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though years of experience and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,180 - $118,695
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$120K
MEDIAN: $70,876
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50%
90%

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$20.69 - $47.60
(Median)
$21
$35
$48
MEDIAN: $34.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,180 - $118,695  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,826  
Profit Sharing
$900 - $5,500  
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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$49,761 - $121,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 314
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.69 - $47.60  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $68.68  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,826  
   
Profit Sharing
$900 - $5,500  
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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$49,761 - $121,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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Job Description for Helicopter Pilot

Helicopter pilots are primarily responsible for ensuring the smooth and safe operation of helicopters before, during, and after flight missions. They work in a variety of areas, such as health and safety (including in rescue work, forest fire fighting, and health transport operations), law enforcement, news gathering, tourism, and commercial transport. Helicopter pilots are ultimately responsible for ensuring that their vehicles are mission-ready, which involves examining maintenance and regulatory compliance records and checking that their helicopters meet industry, federal, and state standards. Pilots must seek out repairs and inspections as needed. In flight, helicopter pilots guide the vehicle and communicate with air traffic personnel, following all guidelines for safe travel in the skies. Additionally, they ensure that all passengers and cargo are properly secured prior to take off and at all times during flight. In cases of inclement weather, helicopter pilots must monitor conditions and determine the safety of flying conditions.

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Helicopter Pilot Tasks

  • Monitor navigational aids and flight instrumentation.
  • Register flight plans, load helicopters, calculate weight and monitor and adjust fuel levels.
  • Inspect and conduct pre-flight tests and fly helicopters to designated locations.
  • Communicate with ground control, home office and other aircraft.

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Air Methods Corporation doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $62K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $88K and scope of pay is rather limited.


Pay by Experience Level for Helicopter Pilot

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $73K. Helicopter Pilots see a median salary of $78K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $80K.

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Experience Affects Helicopter Pilot Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 16%
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