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I was wondering how much a commercial airline pilot makes annually on average?

I would like to be a pilot. i want to know if being a pilot will benefit me financially. pilot airplane flying

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Justina’s Answer

Glassdoor.com gives the salary ranges for positions and you can even limit the data to geographical location.

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John’s Answer

Upfront - I never aspired to be a commercial pilot, but have read various stories. It can be VERY good financially, but some folks have to work for a long time hauling freight in order to get a job with an airline. Freight can be a decent job or it can be very challenging. One of the best ways to get an airline job used to be by joining the airforce and become a pilot there (probably not terribly easy). If you are a pilot in the airforce you may have airlines fighting to get you. If you find yourself hauling freight and can't wait (you need to build a significant number of hours in your logbook) then many commercial pilots increase their hours by moonlighting as flight instructors. Once you have a job as an airline pilot you might have to accumulate a lot of hours (as co-pilot) before you can be a captain. Some colleges and institutions like "Embry Riddle" do much more that just flight training, but get you prepared for a career. If you go the way of Airforce, then the transition to airlines is almost immediately to captain, maybe even captain of a prestigious airplane (yes, there is a distinct hierarchy of prestige in what kind of plane you fly and salary). BTW, one of the "perks" of flying an airliner is the hours: 40 hours is considered full time - that is 40 hours per MONTH)(any professional airline pilots please correct me if I am wrong on this).
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Kevin’s Answer

The initial investment required to become a commercial pilot is, on average, north of $100,000. That's a major hurdle that you'll have to overcome right off the bat. These days, a lot of pilots are starting their careers beneath a mountain of debt. I was able to avoid that because I'm a veteran, and was able to put my GI Bill benefits to use.


Salaries start low in aviation - in the mid-$20K range - but can go very high - north of $250K for captains with a lot of seniority at a major airline. It takes years to get to that point, though.


At airlines, typically, you'll be quoted an hourly rate that sounds high, but that's only for actual flight time - all the other time you spend doing your job is technically unpaid. Most airlines guarantee a minimum number of flight hours per month, so you are essentially being paid a base salary. For example, $45/hr x minimum 60 hours per month = approximately $32K per year. If you fly more than that, of course, you'll be paid more. The company, however, will do what they can to limit such "overtime" on your part. Some jobs will also have per diem pay and flight benefits, which are fun to use with your family.


Avoid limiting your sights to the airlines. There are myriad opportunities you can pursue as a commercial pilot that have nothing to do with flying for an airline. Most of my flying is air ambulance operations. You can tow banners, haul cargo, do aerial photography/survey, agricultural spraying, firefighting, law enforcement, or teach others to fly as an instructor.


The salary ladder in aviation is a long one to climb, and you need to be in it because you love flying, or you'll probably have a hard time summoning the motivation to put up with some of this career's pitfalls. It's certainly not a get-rich-quick scheme. If you care about maximizing the return on your educational investment, it may not be a wise choice - but if you love flying, you won't be able to imagine doing anything else.


Good, accurate answer. John Kriegel

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Gary’s Answer

Hi,
Here is a good link with some information about being a pilot...you can make good money but it will take you time to learn, log flight hours and gain experience with smaller aircraft and you may not make a lot of money initially. It will take time...if you are really interested, it is a great career...I am not a pilot but I have pilots in my family. If you are in it for just the money, I would suggest rethinking your career options. Pilots work a lot of hours, are gone for long periods of time and spend a lot of time sleeping at airports. Good luck!


http://science.howstuffworks.com/transport/flight/modern/pilot2.htm


decent answer! John Kriegel

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