How Much Money Do Pilots Make?

Learn how much money pilots make from pilot Josh Kallenberg in this Howcast video.

Hi, my name is Josh Kallenberg and I’m here at the Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, California. I’ve been flying professionally for about 13 years, and now I have the pleasure of flying this Gulfstream G450 which is a lot of fun and exciting. And today I’m going to talk to you about becoming a pilot. What are pilot salaries nowadays? Well, they vary of course. With every job, whether the airlines or with corporate or private. As a flight instructor you’ll make anywhere from 20 to 30 dollars an hour. Again, mind you, you’re not working 40 hours a week usually. A good rule of thumb is take your hourly rate, times it by 1,000, you make $20 an hour you might make somewhere around $20,000 a year. You get a job flying for the commuters, the regionals, or again some charter operations, you might expect pay in the teens. You might need to take a second job on the side. But these are all things we do because we love flying. As a co-pilot for any of these commercial or corporate charter operations the pay is going to be lower. It could be somewhere in the teens up into 50 and 60,000 dollars. Let’s say you’ve upgraded to a captain position, salaries really again could range anywhere again in the smaller aircraft, smaller jets, turboprops — 40 to 60 to 70,000 dollars. When you start getting to bigger aircrafts you start breaking into the over $100,000 mark — maybe 150s. And in certain airlines they’ll break the 200,000 mark. Again completely varies with time of service and which company you’re with — they all vary.