Airline Pilot Salary / Pay

An Airline Pilots Salary

Both Long & Short Haul

Generally speaking, the bigger the aircraft and the further the aircraft is flown, the more an airline pilot gets paid. Many airlines also have a yearly increase in salary that reflects the pilots length of service.

​The Guardian (a UK newspaper) stated that in 2013, airline pilots were the 2nd highest paid profession in the United Kingdom earning an average of £78,356 a year.

Airline pilots are split into two roles; the Captain and First Officer. The Captain is in charge of the aircraft and ultimately responsible for the safety of the passengers, crew and aircraft. The First Officer assists the Captain in the safe operation of the flight with (on most days), the flying duties being split evenly, taking it in turns to fly the aircraft.

The figures below are meant to be used as a general guide. Each airline has its own pilot pay scales which will vary with the type of operation and aircraft type.

Long Haul Captain (Max) £160,000
Long Haul Captain (Min) £80,000

Long Haul First Officer (Max) £120,000
Long Haul First Officer (Min) £60,000

Long haul aircraft types would include Boeing 747, 767, 777, 787, Airbus 330, 340, 380. Airline examples might include British Airways or Virgin Atlantic.

Short Haul Captain (Max) £130,000
Short Haul Captain (Min) £70,000

Short Haul First Officer (Max) £70,000
Short Haul First Officer (Max) £35,000

Short haul aircraft types would include Boeing 737, Airbus 320, Embraer 190. Examples might include Ryanair or easyJet.

Regional Captain £60,000 (Max)
Regional Captain £40,000 (Min)

Regional First Officer £40,000 (Max)
Regional First Officer £20,000 (Min)

Regional aircraft types would include Jetstream 41, Saab 2000, Dash 8, ATR42/72, Fokker 50, Embraer 145. Example airlines might include Flybe or BMI Regional.