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METHODOLOGY


This survey was distributed widely through use of email, social media, websites, and Rotorcraft Pro magazine. All pilots were encouraged to participate. An online third-party survey company was used as the medium for survey completion, data collection, and analytics. Although personal data was collected from respondents as a qualifier, that information will remain anonymous as only cumulative data was analyzed.


As in any survey, there are certain considerations and assumptions made when analyzing and tabulating data. Some of our considerations and assumptions are:


1. This survey is designed to report 2014 data, which is the most recent full tax year.


2. We implemented the survey in the first quarter of 2015, during the time when pilots were filing tax returns for the 2014 work year.


3. We assume that respondents are aware of their own compensation and benefits in enough detail to answer the survey questions.


LEGEND: HOW TO READ THE NUMBERS


For any category of data, we try to consistently present at least three factors:


1. L = Low / M = Median / H =High


2. The numerical value range is in annual USD$. For example, “50+ to 60” is a range of $50,001 to $60,000 per year.


3. The percent (%) in parentheses in a category is the percentage of all respondents to the question.


EXAMPLE: L 50-60 (15%) the low range in the category is $50,001 to $60,000, composed of 15% of all respondents.


Position


Instructor Line Pilots Lead Pilots


Chief Instructor Pilot Chief Pilot


Training/Check Airman Director of Ops


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Salary ranges by position Low


Median


<40 (78%) <40 (4.3%)


40-50 (1.2%) <40 (78%)


70-80 (16.8%) 80-90 (18%)


40-50 (27.3%) 80-90 (27.3%) <40 (2.8%) 60-70 (5.3%) <40 (4%)


80-90 (20%) RESULTS Salary ranges by overall industry


In 2014, the largest percentage of pilots in the industry grossed between $60,001 to $70,000 per year. The median salary range for all pilots surveyed was between $70,001 to $80,000 per year.


4. With respect to salaries by state, we recognize that due to the nature of several sectors that encourage commuting, where a pilot works may not be where he or she resides.


5. While every effort was made to comprehensively and accurately report results, the number of responses ranged between 0 and 93 per state. We recognize that survey samplings may not reflect the entire pilot population of either the U.S. or any smaller region.


High


>130 (2%) >130 (7%) >130 (7%)


>130 (27.3%) >130 (5.6%)


100-120 (26.3%) >130 (21%) 120-130 (12%) >130 (44%)


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