How Much Does a Pilot Earn?

In this article we are going to cover the average salaries of pilots for countries globally. Before we start there are some points that I want to indicate. Maybe you are a pilot candidate having a research and you are curious about salaries of pilots. If so be sure that being a pilot is not type of proficiency just done for money. Being a pilot has some difficulties which potential candidates must take into consideration before stepping in (A Day in The Life of an Airline Pilot). Just search about these topics: Stress of being a pilot, potential health problems of pilots, family life of pilots… Bad news first ?

On the other hand, being a pilot has lots of benefits besides earning good money (It is fair to say that pilots earn relatively good money and I will give details soon). In addition to its high responsibility, job satisfaction is on high level for pilots in general, and flying through the World is amazing and makes you a “world citizen” by nature. These are just some positive sides and we can enhance them.

Now let’s come to our point: Salaries. I will give detailed numbers from all over the World and there will be at least one data from one continent which will help you to build a good frame.

While comparing the numbers among countries take into consideration the purchasing power and economic situation of the countries. For example, in country A you may build a better life with a lower salary than in country B.

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(Data obtained from www.salaryexplorer.com).

United States of America

Pilot salaries range between 50.700$ to 157.000$ per year in USA and the average salary is 101.000$ per year. With a simple calculation average monthly salary of a pilot equals to 8.416$ per month.

United Kingdom

A person working as a pilot in UK typically earns average of 141.000 GBP per year. And the range is between 69.100 GBP to 220.000 GBP. With a simple math average monthly salary of a pilot in U.K is 11.800 GBP per month (1 GBP equals around 1.20 dollars, 11.800 * 1.2 = 14.160$).


A pilot in France typically earns average of 67.400 EUR per year. The salary range varies between 32.300 EUR to 106.000 EUR. When we calculate it makes 5.616 EUR per month.  


Pilots earn average of 33.700 CNY per month and the number ranges between 18.200 CNY to 50.900 CNY. 1 CNY equals around 0.14 $ and with a simple math 33.700 * 0.14 = 5.729 $ per month.


In Russia the average salary of a pilot is 115.000 RUB per month, and varies between 62.200 RUB to 174.000 RUB. 1 RUB = 0.014 $ means 115.000 * 0.014 = 1610 $ per month.


A person working as a Pilot in Brazil typically earns around 12,800 BRL per month. Salaries range from 6,290 BRL to 20,000 BRL. 1 BRL is equal to 0.18 $ and it makes 12.800 * 0.18 = 2.304 $ per month.


In India the average salary of a pilot is 37,600 INR per month. Salaries range from 17,700 INR to 59,400 INR. 1 INR equals to 0.013 $ that means 37.600 * 0.013 = 488 $ per month.


In India the average salary of a pilot is 24.500 TRY monthly and it ranges between 12,500 TRY to 37,700 TRY. 1 $ is around 6.5 TRY which means 3800 $ per month.


A Pilot in Australia earns average of 110,000 AUD per year. Salaries range from 55,000 AUD (lowest) to 170,000 AUD (highest). This means 9166 AUD per month and 1 AUD = 0.66 $ means 9166 AUD equals to 6.049 $ per month.


A Pilot in Norway earns around 1,730,000 NOK per year. The salary varies between 794,000 NOK to 2,750,000 NOK. 1 NOK = 0.10 $ and it makes 1.730.000 * 0.10 = 173.000 $ per year, 173.000 / 12 = 14.416 $ per month.


a Pilot working in Canada earns around 198,000 CAD per year. Salaries range from 94,800 CAD to 310,000 CAD. 1 CAD = 0.72 $ means 198.000 /12 = 16.500 CAD, 16.500 * 0.72 = 11.880 $ per month.


a Pilot working in Armenia earns around 1,130,000 AMD per month. Salaries range from 540,000 AMD to 1,770,000 AMD. 1 AMD is equal to 0.0021 $ and this means 2373 $ per month.

As you see salaries differ according to countries, moreover we can say that pilots in general earn relatively good according to the countries average. Keep in mind that the exchange rates are for the date 20.05.2020 and may differ drastically for some countries.

(In addition due to COVID-19, most of airline companies went salary reductions.)

I hope that this article helps you to build a good frame about income of pilots and again if you are a potential candidate I highly recommend to consider all sides (positives and negatives) of being a pilot.


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