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Salary Study 2022


Business aviation salary ranges increase by 3.5–4.5% to match soaring pilot demand.

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Pilot shortage is one of the main issues aviation faces these days. For corporate flight departments, it has become challenging to find and retain pilots, especially those with skills and experience. Aviation in the post-pandemic era is facing a ripple effect.

With more people traveling these days, airline traffic has increased, while many experienced Part 121 pilots are getting close to the mandatory retirement age of 65. Moreover, the number of requirements imposed by the airlines, coupled with high training costs, make it harder to join the pilot workforce.

All these issues have created higher demand for pilots. In order to offset pilot shortages, airlines have turned to corporate pilots, offering higher pay scales and benefits, plus guaranteed hours, training, and substantial packages to attract them. In some cases, the airline sector has even lowered educational requirements.

Consequently, bizav finds itself competing with the airlines, and it has become harder for operators to keep qualified pilots in their flight departments. Naturally, it’s not easy for bizav operators to replace these departing pilots, who have been expressly trained to fit the flight activity’s needs in terms of aircraft type and flight department size.

Compared to last year, business aviation salaries have increased by 3.5–4.5% in order to stay competitive. But there are other considerations that attract pilots to the bizav world besides higher salaries. Lifestyle and schedules, for example, are important, as they may allow pilots more flexibility to spend quality time with their families.

Belonging to a great place of work is also a motivation for crew members to stay and build a long career in the corporate aviation world. Professional Pilot magazine has conducted its salary study for 50 years. For this edition, our research department received a total of 1094 electronic survey forms, with 906 ballots meeting our qualifying criteria.

Basic annual salaries were used to compile the results of this survey – average, low, and high figures. Salaries published don’t include bonuses, stocks, overtime, car, allowances, fuel, or other benefits that may be part of a pilot’s income.

Factors such as seniority, cross training, number of aircraft operated, or region where the company is headquartered, were not included in the calculations either. Professional Pilot magazine compared salaries provided by different flight departments and pilot placement agencies. Thank you to all the participants who contributed to this study.


For the 50th year, Professional Pilot magazine has conducted a salary study by aircraft type, matching compensation to specific fixed and rotary-wing aircraft models. During Feb 2022, a total of 9545 electronic survey forms was sent to a random selection of qualified Pro Pilot readers worldwide.

A total of 1094 survey forms, representing a 11.5% return, came back to Pro Pilot by the May 17, 2022 cutoff date. After a thorough review, a total of 906 survey forms qualified as being properly filled out by eligible respondents. A total of 188 survey forms was disqualified due to inconsistencies, errors, inclusion of part-time or contract pilot positions, or lateness.

Each form was reviewed carefully to ensure reliability of data. In addition to salary averages, Pro Pilot compared remuneration details provided by various corporate flight departments and pilot placement agencies.

For monthly military basic rates of pay published by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel & Readiness, go to militarypay.defense.gov/Pay/Basic-Pay/Active-Duty-Pay/ (Active Duty Pay, January 2022).

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