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Corporate Jet Pilot Salary Study (2020)

Demand for pilots continues to grow in business aviation while salaries increase by about 3%. Strong benefit packages are offered to keep and attract pilots.

However, an unexpected situation has risen in 2020 that has changed the world’s economy  the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone has been affected, but it’s important that we highlight the creativity of companies, executives, and pilots in continuing their operations as best they can and implementing protocols designed to keep their crews safe and healthy. Strong companies are managing to keep their pilots by using their reserves and focusing on aircraft maintenance and pilot raining while flying time is down. Some companies have focused on transportation of medical supplies to areas badly hit by the coronavirus.

Some pilots have had their flying schedules reduced dramatically, and duties has shifted to aircraft maintenance. In other cases, general aviation (GA) pilots are experiencing layoff, furloughs, and start expanding their education and skills in order to be more attractive to employers when it’s time to resume flying. Pilot need to focus on getting the licenses or credential they’ve  been thinking about.  This pandemic won’t be endless. Flying activities are slowly coming back. And when that moment comes, pilots want to be ready with improved skills, licenses, and most importantly, a good attitude for their customers and employers.

Professional Pilot magazine has conducted its 2020 Salary Survey based on 1142 robust forms in additional to valuable inputs provided by company flight departments. Some of the latter offer complete packages to attract pilots. However the salaries cited in this survey are gross in-come only. As such, they don’t include bonus, stocks, or benefits, nor do they take into account factors such as seniority, cross training, number of aircraft flown, or region where the company is located. Pro Pilot uses average, low and high salary figures to reflect earnings based on aircraft model, job title, and field of operation.

Captain operating under Corporation Jet:

Average (USD) Low (USD) High (USD)
Airbus ACJ 318/319 156,000 130,000 196,000
Boeing 737/BBJ 155,000 141,000 189,000
Boeing 727 139,000 116,000 162,000
Gulfstream VI/G650 175,000 137,000 221,000
Gulfstream V/G550 171,000 130,000 214,000
Gulfstream IV/G450 156,000 118,000 197,000
Gulfstream III 120,000 99,000 152,000
Gulfstream Galaxy/G200/G280 127,000 98,000 156,000
Gulfstream Astra/G100/G150 112,000 90,000 132,000
Bombardier Global 7500 176,000 132,000 224,000
Bombardier Global Express/5000/6000 171,000 129,000 221,000
Bombardier Challenger 604/605 147,000 115,000 190,000
Bombardier Challenger 600/601 131,000 109,000 158,000
Bombardier Challenger 300/350 128,000 103,000 155,000
Dassault Falcon 7X/8X 156,000 129,000 195,000
Dassault Falcon 900/900EX 149,000 110,000 190,000
Dassault Falcon 2000/2000EX/LX 139,000 106,000 181,000
Dassault Falcon 50/50EX 120,000 96,000 150,000
Dassault Falcon 20/200 93,000 78,000 117,000
Embraer Legacy 600/650 115,000 95,000 142,000
Embraer Praetor 500/600 129,000 104,000 162,000
Embraer Legacy 500/450 128,000 106,000 155,000
Embraer Phenom 300 85,000 75,000 108,000
Embraer Phenom 100 79,000 71,000 97,000
Cessna Citation Latitude 130,000 105,000 157,000
Cessna Citation X 133,000 109,000 159,000
Cessna Citation Sovereign 120,000 97,000 134,000
Cessna Citation Excel/XLS 101,000 86,000 129,000
Cessna Citation V/Ultra/Encore 96,000 79,000 118,000
Cessna Citation II/SII/Bravo/CJ3/CJ4 90,000 75,000 115,000
Cessna CitationJet/CJ1/CJ2/M2 82,000 71,000 98,000
Cessna Citation Mustang 75,000 68,000 93,000
Hawker 850/850XP/900/900XP 113,000 95,000 136,000
Hawker 800/800XP/1000 111,000 89,000 135,000
Hawker 400/400XP 90,000 79,000 110,000
Hawker 200/Premier I 83,000 71,000 99,000
Learjet 70/75 111,000 97,000 126,000
Learjet 55/60/60XR 108,000 91,000 123,000
Learjet 40/40XR/45/45XR 103,000 88,000 121,000
Learjet 35/36 84,000 74,000 104,000

First Officer/Co-pilot operating under Corporation Jet:

Average (USD) Low (USD) High (USD)
Airbus ACJ 318/319 97,000 85,000 107,000
Boeing 737/BBJ 99,000 87,000 107,000
Boeing 727 87,000 75,000 100,000
Gulfstream VI/G650 107,000 95,000 122,000
Gulfstream V/G550 106,000 92,000 120,000
Gulfstream IV/G450 101,000 88,000 112,000
Gulfstream III 87,000 72,000 98,000
Gulfstream Galaxy/G200/G280 78,000 63,000 93,000
Gulfstream Astra/G100/G150 64,000 56,000 80,000
Bombardier Global 7500 114,000 101,000 124,000
Bombardier Global Express/5000/6000 104,000 90,000 114,000
Bombardier Challenger 604/605 96,000 88,000 105,000
Bombardier Challenger 600/601 85,000 77,000 98,000
Bombardier Challenger 300/350 86,000 72,000 97,000
Dassault Falcon 7X/8X 99,000 89,000 109,000
Dassault Falcon 900/900EX 98,000 87,000 107,000
Dassault Falcon 2000/2000EX/LX 92,000 79,000 104,000
Dassault Falcon 50/50EX 84,000 66,000 94,000
Dassault Falcon 20/200 59,000 49,000 71,000
Embraer Legacy 600/650 78,000 66,000 93,000
Embraer Legacy 500/450 85,000 67,000 96,000
Cessna Citation Latitude 89,000 73,000 99,000
Cessna Citation X 91,000 77,000 102,000
Cessna Citation Sovereign 76,000 63,000 91,000
Cessna Citation Excel/XLS 65,000 57,000 77,000
Cessna Citation V/Ultra/Encore 59,000 54,000 67,000
Cessna Citation II/SII/Bravo/CJ3/CJ4 57,000 52,000 65,000
Cessna CitationJet/CJ1/CJ2/M2 53,000 45,000 61,000
Hawker 850/850XP/900/900XP 76,000 67,000 94,000
Hawker 800/800XP/1000 70,000 62,000 89,000
Hawker 400/400XP 56,000 51,000 65,000
Learjet 70/75 75,000 65,000 88,000
Learjet 55/60/60XR 72,000 63,000 85,000
Learjet 40/40XR/45/45XR 67,000 55,000 77,000
Learjet 35/36 56,000 48,000 66,000

[Source: Professional Pilot Magazine June 2020]

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