alectejas Posted April 9, 2010 Report Share Posted April 9, 2010 Flying might be one of the most fun jobs and helicopters the most fun of all, but you pay a big price.You have to fight against supply and demand. There are almost always more pilots than there are jobs. Therefore the salaries are low. If you don't want the job, they can find someone else to do it. Some first officers for regional airlines and helicopter CFIs get paid in the mid 20s. I pay my housekeeper that much and she doesn't even speak English much less fly a plane!In the professional pilot world, flight hours count. Hours are a mark of experience. If you are a low time pilot and you get a poorly paying job, then your employer is paying you in flight hours and dollars. The hours have real value and employers know that.Pilots are stuck in a pyramid scheme. Truly good jobs, with good pay and a passable quality of life are few and far between. Most folks are just hanging on in a not-so-good job, waiting for that big break that may never come.A typical pilot is a skilled employee yes, but still an employee. When I talk to pilots or read about their typical career paths its all about scoring the next job based on the skills (and the hours) acquired previously. Precious few mention more sensible options such as making money outside aviation and enjoying flying as a hobby after they can afford it.Say you decide to become a helicopter pilot in your late 20's. You are looking at 70K for the basic training, 10 years of "paying your dues" at a salary of 30K and then what? A 50K a year job at age 35. Now you have a productive working life of around 25 years, no savings and one medical problem away from unemployment. That might sound find when you are 28, but it will seem a lot less astute when you turn 45. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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