Helicopter Pilot Salary

Median pay for Helicopter Pilots in the United States comes out to approximately $72K per year, but employers in Jacksonville pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $108K. Helicopter Pilots will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+39 percent), New York (+33 percent), Lafayette (+31 percent), and Savannah (+18 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,618 - $118,194
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$72K
$120K
MEDIAN: $72,389
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50%
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$17.41 - $51.20
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MEDIAN: $31.22
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$0$121K
Salary $49,618 - $118,194
Bonus $0.00 - $18,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,574
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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$48,886 - $121,158
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 226
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $17.41 - $51.20
Hourly Tips $4.29
Overtime $1.71 - $63.53
Annual Data $0$121K
Bonus $0.00 - $18,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,574
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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$48,886 - $121,158
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 39

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Helicopter Pilot

Pay by Experience for a Helicopter Pilot has a positive trend. An entry-level Helicopter Pilot with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 88 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Helicopter Pilot with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 94 salaries. An experienced Helicopter Pilot which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 95 salaries. A Helicopter Pilot with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 67 salaries.

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Q: What is it like working as a Helicopter Pilot?

Helicopter Pilot in Portland:
"Military Aviation."
Pros: I've absolutely enjoyed my training and mission while serving in the U.S. Army Reserves Aviation. I've vastly improved my career and desire to continue flying.
Cons: The hours and locations are not always suiting for my next step in life.

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Key Stats for Helicopter Pilot

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Helicopter Pilot Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
▼1%

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect Helicopter Pilot Salaries

INSTRUCTOR
▲23%

National Average
$73,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 14%
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