How much does a pilot earn in the UK

Piloting a plane is a hazardous job and a very responsible one. Even with a co-pilot and the most sophisticated autopilot systems, the responsibility for the lives of your passengers is enough to warrant a major annual pay-out. You’ll expect free flights of course and great accommodation when you have to stay overnight but you’ll still be asking: how much does a pilot earn in the UK?
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As with most private sector jobs, you can’t put a price on this type of job because each firm offers different wages. The other factors that come into play when wages are worked out include the type of aeroplane and your level of experience. The basic starting salary for newly qualified first officers working with a small operation is around £21,000. If you’re lucky enough to start with a large organisation, you can expect something like £22,000 to £24,000.

Experienced pilots

When you’ve gained some experience you’ll naturally be expecting more money. Salaries for experienced pilots could range from £36,000 to £48,000 in a first officer role. If you make Captain and you’re working for a medium sized operation, you can expect to earn between £57,000 and £78,000. With a major operator, you’ll get something like £100,000, although some positions have been advertised for as much as £140,000.

Pilot salary

When you’re working for an airline you can expect incremental pay rises each year and a raft of benefits including a pension scheme, allowances and discounted flights. This isn’t a nine to five job so part of the large salary is in place to reflect the odd hours you’ll be working. The length of the days isn’t regular either as routes can range from 3 hours to 12, and start times vary greatly too.

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