rob asked in Cars & TransportationAircraft · 1 month ago

If I change my career to pilot, what can I expect to make in the 5 years following obtaining a commercial license?

And a multi rating? With about 550 hours

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  • 1 month ago
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    At only 550 hours total time you'll be qualified to be a flight instructor (if you get the rating), or fly day VFR part-135 charter, meaning something like a Cessna 207 or Cherokee Six. Typical starting pay for that in the "lower 48", such as sight-seeing tours at the Grand Canyon or hauling skydivers is under $35k per year. In Alaska it is higher. If you were to get lucky and find a co-pilot job in a twin with a charter company, the pay wouldn't be much higher. The regional airlines aren't an option until you hold an ATP. Insurance requirements to fly SIC on a corporate jet are typically more than 1500 hours.  With 5 years experience and a couple thousand hours under your belt, you shouldn't have much difficulty breaking the $50k per year barrier. 

    • Conservative
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      1 month agoReport

      Unlikely for a 135 position. They want 1000 PIC with at least 500 hours of turbine time.

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  • 1 month ago

    With 500 hours, you could expect to need to have a job outside of aviation. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Not very much per year, multiply by 5 for a total of about $100K.

    You start very low on an hourly salary for first officer of a regional or freight airline.  You are paid for "chock to chock" time.  Showing up at planning desk, then going to plane, doing inspection, pre-taxi check list do not count, as does the time after gate parking, report writing, checkout at desk.  After quite a time, if you are good, you might get promoted to pilot, and earn almost double.  After a few more years, you could apply at a major airline.  Should be lots of jobs opening as workforce ages and retires or gets promotions.  Pay at major airlines is a lot better, and some are salary jobs for a fixed amount of pay (you fly a minimum number of hours, and can fly more within rules for rest and distances). 

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  • 1 month ago

    Enuff to buy Top Ramen for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Regional airline pilot pay.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    In the area of $225,000.

    • Starrysky
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      1 month agoReport

      That is after a career of regional first officer, regional pilot, main airline first officer, main airline pilot.  That might take more than 25 years.

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