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Making the decision to learn to fly, be it for pleasure or as the first step in a new career, is a big decision. We've compiled some resources for you to learn more about our passion. Hopefully the bug bites you too. After reading the following material over, we invite you to view our programs. They're specially designed for both US Domestic and International students. At any time, please feel free to contact us.
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Pilot salaries will vary depending on the airline, your longevity with the airline, your position and equipment (airplane) you are flying. Upgrade times (time to become a Captain) will also vary.
Salary ranges from $15,000 to $30,000 per year depending on your experience and longevity with the flight school. Management positions within the flight school can earn up to $50,000 per year.
As a new First Officer your first year salary can range from $18,000 to $25,000 per year. Your second year as a First Officer your salary can range from $20,000 to $30,000.
After upgrading to a Captain position, your salary could be around $45,000 to $60,000 per year. Senior Captains with Regional Airlines that act as Check Airmen can earn between $80,000 to $100,000 per year and in some cases more.
As a first year First Officer, your salary will be around $50,000 per year. In your second year your estimated salary will be around $70,000.
As a Captain with a Major Airline you will earn between $140,000 up to $240,000 per year depending on your longevity with the company.
Return on your Investment (ROI)
The image to the right shows the favorable return on investment for a prospective pilot, compared to other well-regarded careers such as medicine, law, and education. When considering the prospective income compared to cost outlay, choosing a career in aviation can prove to be fiscally prudent.
Several years ago, airlines in emerging markets began hiring pilots from other countries to fill the need in their own markets. Although this trend has slowed, airlines, particularly those in Asia, will need to be aggressive in creating their own pool of pilots trained in country to keep up with demand.
The largest growth in pilot populations will be in the Asia Pacific region, with a requirement for 180,600 pilots. Within Asia, China will experience the greatest need for pilots, with an expected requirement for 70,600 pilots. North America will need 97,350 pilots; Europe will need 94,800 pilots; Africa will need 13,200 pilots; the Middle East will need 32,700 pilots; Latin America will need 37,000 pilots; and the CIS will need 11,000 pilots.