Military Pilot, Jet Salary

Military Jet Pilots in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and over one-half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $90K annually, but may range from $59K to $132K per year. Most Military Jet Pilots report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a large number. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$58,127 - $125,887
MEDIAN: $90,075

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$58,127 - $125,887  
$0.00 - $24,917  
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$59,042 - $132,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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Job Description for Military Pilot, Jet

Jet pilots in the military serve within the armed forces and are responsible for flying jet-powered military aircraft as assigned by superior officers and command-structures. Most of these jet pilots specialize in some area of duty, such as escort missions, ground attack/support duties, or surveillance and reconnaissance. In addition to specializing in these mission types, in most armed forces a military jet pilot is also assigned to specific aircraft to ensure maximum effectiveness in performance of essential duties.


Military Pilot, Jet Tasks

  • Operate aircraft.
  • Train and oversee crews.
  • Keep accurate documents and records.

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Pay by Experience Level for Military Pilot, Jet

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

Military Jet Pilots who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $66K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $85K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $103K. 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 $109K.

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Experience Affects Military Pilot, Jet Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.


5 %
95 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 4%