How often do pilots work? And for how many hours? Do pilots get holidays? Do pilots get free flights? Those are some of the questions pilots get asked more often. And behind those questions, there is a belief that being a pilot is “cool”. Well, let’s see.
1. Pilots don’t make as much money as you think.
As of May 2014, the average pilot income was $75,000. That’s an average. My salary in the first year with the airlines, based out of New York’s JFK International Airport, was $21,109. This is why pilots fall on a free continental breakfast like locusts. The days of making $300,000 a year for five days of work per month went out with smoking on an airplane.