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When I went to flight school, I spent around 85k on all of my ratings, not including cost of living. I was so excited to become a professional helicopter pilot. My first job after flight instructor was brutal, we all know the story. Super low pay, scattered hour, most dangerous part of the career. It was a rough time but I enjoyed it because I loved to fly and had dreams of having an amazing job some day. I knew this was the price I had to pay. I must climb the ladder and pay my dues I told myself! Little did I know at the time, the low paying jobs didnt end there. Ive been a commercial pilot for over 10 years and I feel like Im still paying. I have over 7k hours of flight time, over 2000 hours PIC in Bell over 3000 PIC in Eurocopter models and over 1000 hours in Robinsons (which doesnt seem to count for anything). Ive flown all over the USA for work. There are two main things that make me regret being a helicopter pilot the most: 1.) The helicopter companies we work for. 2.) The starting salaries How is it possible for a commercial helicopter company to start a new pilot out at 55k a year? HOW IS THAT OK?!!!! Whos to blame? The company or the newbee pilot that would basically fly for free to land his/her first turbine job. Im seeing an average salary of a 3000+ hour pilot around 65-70k. This is a JOKE and must not be allowed to go on. I want to call out some companies so bad right now but I know it would probably be breaking community guidelines. I just feel like all the pilots need to get together and put our foot down. We are RISKING OUR LIVES and certain companies/corporations are raking in cash!! Why are they so greedy, what is causing such low salaries and most importantly, how can we come together to fix this? No commercial helicopter pilot should be making less than 100k USD salary per year. Not for what we do, no way! Thoughts?