Contrary to aeroplane pilots who often make long flights, helicopter pilots make short trips that are often flown at a low altitude. Due to the specific nature of the work, pilots must complete training requirements according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries for helicopter pilots vary based on a number of factors including their level of experience and who they work for.
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As with most careers, helicopter pilots with more experience generally have higher salaries than those with less. Those with one to four years of experience have a salary range of £26,780 to £38,935 while those with five to nine years of experience have a salary range of £31,850 to £41,990. According to PayScale.com, helicopter pilots with 10 to 19 years of experience have some of the highest salaries with a reported range of £37,700 to £57,070. Veterans with 20 plus years of experience have a salary range of £36,075 to £56,615 as of May 2010.
Helicopter pilots have the opportunity to work with a number of different employers. Some of the highest paid ones are those who work for the state and local governments. According to PayScale, they have a reported salary range of £32,305 to £60,775 as of May 2010. Those working for the federal government have a salary range of £39,715 to £57,070 and those working in contract positions have a salary range of £26,455 to £57,200.
A variety of industries employ the talents of helicopter pilots. As of May 2010, those working for the government have some of the highest salaries with a reported salary range of £31,915 to £63,830 according to PayScale. Those working for commercial aviation and transportation have similar salary ranges of £33,410 to £47,905. Helicopter pilots may also work for emergency medical services. They have a reported salary range of £34,385 to £42,770.
The salary for helicopter pilots varies based on where they work. According to PayScale, those working in Texas have a salary range of £33,735 to £51,285 while those working in Louisiana report salaries that generally fall between £34,645 and £53,950. New York helicopter pilots have a salary range of £33,085 to £55,705. Those working in California have some of the highest salaries with a reported range of £39,455 to £62,660 as of May 2010.
Helicopter pilots often receive a comprehensive salary package that includes benefits. As of May 2010, two of the most popular benefits given to helicopter pilots are a 401(k) and paid holidays and vacation time. Many helicopter pilots receive life and/or disability insurance and paid sick leave according to PayScale. Though not as commonly reported, some pilots also receive reimbursement for education, training, or tuition and/or a gym or health club membership. Some of them also report being able to dress casually on the jump.
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