Helicopter Pilot Salary (United States)

A Helicopter Pilot earns an average salary of $69,810 per year.
Helicopter Pilot Salary (?
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$49,478 - $117,955
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $69,809
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Helicopter Pilot Salary (?
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$20.40 - $49.55
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,478 - $117,955  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,450  
Profit Sharing
$3,052 - $8,352  
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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$49,912 - $121,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.40 - $49.55  
   
Overtime
$1.49 - $66.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,450  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,052 - $8,352  
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).
)
$49,912 - $121,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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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$72,000
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Experience Affects Helicopter Pilot Salaries

Late-Career
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$72,000
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Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 17%