Depending on the type of Rotary Wing Aircraft the Helicopter Pilot is flying, they may be responsible for a number of things. Their main responsibility is ensuring the safe take-off, operation, and landing of the aircraft at all times. Depending on whether the Helicopter Pilot is working for a private owner for transport, doing tours in a travel destination, or transporting medical victims, Helicopter Pilots are always required to maintain safe levels of operation.
According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics as of May 2015, the median Helicopter Pilot salary was $117,290. The lowest 10% of Helicopter Pilots earned less than $34,800 and the highest 10% earned more than $147,890. These numbers are specifically geared towards airline pilots, the closest occupation to a Helicopter Pilot on the BLS.
Helicopter Pilots must possess a Commercial Rotorcraft License and many companies will require you to have 500-1000+ hours of flight time, so many Helicopter Pilots will also obtain their CFI so that they can Instruct to add on additional hours past the 200-250 normally required for licensing in specific crafts.
Salaries for Helicopter Pilots depend on a variety of factors, including:
The following are a list of common job titles that are available to Helicopter Pilots