Flight Instructor Salary
A Flight Instructor earns an average salary of $61,451 per year. A skill in Pilot is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
|Salary||$28,106 - $116,839|
|Bonus||$986 - $12,307|
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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).)
|$29,248 - $104,281|
|Hourly Rate||$14.56 - $35.48|
|Bonus||$986 - $12,307|
|Total Pay (||$29,248 - $104,281|
Job Description for Flight Instructor
A flight instructor is a person who helps educate and instruct individuals in the safe operation of aircraft. The flight instructor will begin working with students by teaching ground safety rules and flight basics. The flight instructor will then typically advance students through a training process that involves an understanding of flight conditions, cockpit instrumentation, take-offs, landings, and flying solo.Read More...
In almost every jurisdiction, there are certification requirements and tiers of allowed education for flight instructors. At the basic level, the instructor is attempting to teach non-pilots how to safely operate an airplane in optimal conditions. This may be with an ultimate goal for the student to obtain the most basic of flying permits or licenses. Other flight instructors work at more advanced levels, helping pilots to learn the flying skills necessary for more advanced licenses. In these advanced disciplines, the instructor teaches flying that more heavily incorporates the use of instrumentation in a way that would be required for piloting a plane in low visibility or inclement weather. At the highest level of instruction, a flight instructor may be working with experienced pilots seeking the proper certification to fly jets or other advanced commercial aircraft.
Each level of instruction normally carries its own requirements for the flight instructor. At the most basic level, however, any flight instructor must possess a commercial aviation license. In addition, certification testing is required. Most flight instructors work for dedicated flight schools, typically attached to smaller, non-international airports or flight strips. Flight instructors typically work daylight hours during the week, with some flight schools requiring weekend work as well. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Flight Instructor Tasks
- Train students in aircraft handling in compliance with FAA safety and instructor requirements.
- Follow course schedules and syllabi.
- Document and evaluate student progress.
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Pay by Experience Level for Flight Instructor
Pay by Experience for a Flight Instructor has a positive trend. An entry-level Flight Instructor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 95 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Flight Instructor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 29 salaries. An experienced Flight Instructor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 41 salaries. A Flight Instructor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 33 salaries.
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