Helicopter Pilot Salary (United States)

A Helicopter Pilot earns an average salary of $69,858 per year.
Helicopter Pilot Total Pay (?
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$49,525 - $117,771
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MEDIAN: $69,858
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Helicopter Pilot Total Pay (?
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$20.10 - $49.70
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,525 - $117,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,651  
Profit Sharing
$3,000 - $7,000  
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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$49,882 - $121,538  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 326
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.10 - $49.70  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $65.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,651  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000 - $7,000  
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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$49,882 - $121,538  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 326
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Helicopter Pilot
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Pay Difference By Location
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National Average
$71,000
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Experience Affects Helicopter Pilot Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$71,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Gender
Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
32%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%
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