$73,240
Avg. Salary
$32.24
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$5,024

Bonus

$2,300

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Helicopter Pilot is $32.24 per hour.

The average pay for a Helicopter Pilot is $73,240 per year.

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$17.75
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$32.24
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$52.64
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$48k
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$117k
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MEDIAN $73,240
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$0$120K
Salary $48,368 - $117,098
Bonus $0.00 - $19,574
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $20,273
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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$47,852 - $120,939
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Aug 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 384
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $17.75 - $52.64
Hourly Tips $4.29
Overtime $1.84 - $63.36
Annual Data $0$120K
Bonus $0.00 - $19,574
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $20,273
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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$47,852 - $120,939
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Aug 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 64

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.

Helicopter Pilot Reviews

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

Helicopter Pilot in Alexandria:
"Really great company full of really great people and I am blessed to have the opportunity to work for and alongside."
Pros: The people I work with and for are really great. Super helpful. Its like a family to a certain extent.
Cons: Its hard to say because you don't want anything bad to happen to anyone but sitting around waiting to work can be horribly boring.

Helicopter Pilot in Dallas:
"It is a great company, and it has excellent benefits."
Pros: Flexibility and schedule.
Cons: Nothing.

Helicopter Pilot in Ozark:
"Government contracter helicopter test pilot."
Pros: small town, safe area, close to work
Cons: have to travel for social interaction

Helicopter Pilot in Del Rio:
Pros: Cheap living, quiet.
Cons: It's like living in Mexico. And it's HOT. No mountains, not much for entertainment.

Helicopter Pilot in Norfolk:
"City Life."
Pros: Good city life, lots to do in the cities. Plenty of breweries and festivals during the summer. The beach is about 45 minutes away.
Cons: The weather. It is cold during the winter and during the summer there are thunderstorms a few times a week. Humidity is always high. Hurricanes from time to time. There are few outdoor activities to do that do not involve a significant amount of driving.

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

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
28%

Experience Affects Helicopter Pilot Salaries

Late-Career
▲13%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$75,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼17%

Skills That Affect Helicopter Pilot Salaries

INSTRUCTOR
▲21%

National Average
$75,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 19%