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ROTORCRAFT PRO 2015 U.S. Pilot Salary & Benefi ts Survey


There has not been an industry-wide salary survey for nearly a decade. This year, Rotorcraft Pro changed that by taking a fresh look at pay, benefi ts, and job satisfaction. We thank all our participants and are pleased to present the results of this exclusive survey that generated interest throughout the helicopter industry.


How much do helicopter pilots make? How much are you worth?


The fi rst question is fairly easy to answer since all it requires is going through a series of data collection and analysis steps. However, the second question is a personal one that requires some introspection and comparative analysis. In other words, everyone wants to know where they stand in relation to their peers in the rest of the industry. Additionally, in order to be competitively attractive, employers want to know if their salary structure is competitive.


RESPONDENT DEMOGRAPHICS WHO WAS SURVEYED?


Over 800 pilots took the survey. Pilots came from all sectors of the industry, including EMS, off shore oil support, tours, electronic news gathering, utility/ lifting, law enforcement, fi refi ghting, SAR, ag/spraying, corporate (business), corporate (private owner), training, and multi-type fl ying. Here is the breakdown.


Traditional surveys of decades past were sent directly to employers via “snail mail” in ballot form, then collected and tabulated. This method did provide accurate results, but because employers are tight lipped about their exact salary and benefi t structure, the sampling could be rather small and therefore might not represent the larger population.


We decided to take our survey to the streets by asking pilots themselves what qualifi cations they have, what they fl y, what sector they fl y in, what ratings they have, how much they make, and what type benefi ts they receive as a working helicopter pilot.


We had over 800 survey respondents, representing all experience levels, and fl ying in every sector of the industry.


Respondents by position


Training Captain/Check Airman (5%)


Chief Pilot / Director of Ops (8%)


Instructor/Chief Instructor (8%)


Lead Pilots (13%)


Owner / Operator (1%)


Line Pilots (65%)


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