How much does a Helicopter Pilot make in the United States? The average Helicopter Pilot salary in the United States is $106,400 as of May 28, 2024, but the range typically falls between $90,244 and $136,770. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Helicopter Pilot Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Helicopter Pilot Salary $75,534 US May 28, 2024
25th Percentile Helicopter Pilot Salary $90,244 US May 28, 2024
50th Percentile Helicopter Pilot Salary $106,400 US May 28, 2024
75th Percentile Helicopter Pilot Salary $136,770 US May 28, 2024
90th Percentile Helicopter Pilot Salary $164,421 US May 28, 2024
25% $90,244 10% $75,534 90% $164,421 75% $136,770 $106,400 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does a Helicopter Pilot need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.

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Communicates Effectively: Effective communication is the process of exchanging ideas, thoughts, opinions, knowledge, and data so that the message is received and understood with clarity and purpose.

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Aviation: Aviation is the activities surrounding mechanical flight and the aircraft industry. Aircraft includes fixed-wing and rotary-wing types, morphable wings, wing-less lifting bodies, as well as lighter-than-air craft such as hot air balloons and airships.

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Safety Procedures: Establishing and implementing rules and procedures to prevent potential hazards and risks to ensure a safe and productive working environment.

Communicates Effectively 22.32%
Aviation 3.43%
Safety Procedures 0.43%
Others 73.82%
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Job Description for Helicopter Pilot

Helicopter Pilot is responsible for operation of helicopter. Ensures flight is conducted in the safest manner possible. Being a Helicopter Pilot determines flight routes, speed, and take off and landing times to fulfill scheduling requirements. Must stay current with federal and local flight regulations. Additionally, Helicopter Pilot requires 1,000 hours of helicopter flying time. May require an associate degree. Requires Commercial Pilot license for helicopters - CPL (H). Typically reports to a supervisor. Helicopter Pilot's years of experience requirement may be unspecified. Certification and/or licensing in the position's specialty is the main requirement. (Copyright 2024 Salary.com)... View full job description

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Career Path for Helicopter Pilot

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For Helicopter Pilot, the first career path typically progresses to Chief Helicopter Pilot.

Additionally, the second career path typically progresses to Chief Pilot I.

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Helicopter Pilot salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Helicopter Pilot, the highest Helicopter Pilot salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Helicopter Pilot salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Helicopter Pilot salary is in Miami, FL, where the Helicopter Pilot salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
-3.5%
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average
-1.3%

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