The average salary for a Flight Instructor is $66,833.
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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. In almost every jurisdiction, there are certification requirements and tiers of a…Read more
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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Popular Employer Salaries for Flight Instructor
The top respondents for the job title Flight Instructor are from the companies FlightSafety International Inc., CAE Inc. and Cae Simuflite. Reported salaries are highest at Cae Simuflite where the average pay is $110,011. CAE Inc. pays the lowest at around $40,000.
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Popular Skills for Flight Instructor
Oral / Verbal Communication
Training Program Development
Skills in Training Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Operations Management, Safety Training, Training Program Development and Oral / Verbal Communication.
Pay by Experience Level for Flight Instructor
An entry-level Flight Instructor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $38,022 based on 24 salaries. An early career Flight Instructor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $44,842 based on 133 salaries. A mid-career Flight Instructor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $68,579 based on 42 salaries. An experienced Flight Instructor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $82,323 based on 54 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $81,472.
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Employees with Flight Instructor in their job title in San Diego, California earn an average of 108.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Dallas, Texas (68.3% more) and Wichita, Kansas (42.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Phoenix, Arizona (55.0% less), Florida, Florida (25.2% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (15.5% less).
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