Airline Pilot Salaries - International Comparison

 
Job Description:   The airline pilot job includes the following responsibilities: (i) navigates or pilots aircraft to transport mail, freight, and/or passengers; (ii) supervises or performs pre-flight checks of loading, fuel supplies, instruments, and switches; (iii) discusses with meteorologist weather conditions for take-off and flight; (iv) supervises activities of flight deck crew; (v) modifies flight plan as necessary [9].
 
Methodology:   Unless otherwise indicated, the gross income is obtained from data provided to the International Labour Organization [9] by government agencies (Statistics Canada, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Statistics Finland, etc). The compulsory deductions include income tax, municipal tax, provincial/state income tax, social security (pension plan, medicare), compulsory additional insurance, etc. The deductions are representative of single-earner-married-without-child status, and are obtained from income tax calculators [t], social security withholdings, the OECD Tax Database [k], or other sources. Employees include both men and women unless otherwise noted.
 
    
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Airline Pilot Job Average Salary

Country  Net Monthly Income  constant 2005 US$ [a] [d] Notes, Source                                                                               Gross Monthly Job Income Compulsory Deductions Weekly Hours
 
Germany average salary PPP $ 8,448 $ 9,122 Minimum per month, 2005. Federal Statistical Office of Germany, [9], [t]. 12,208 euros 40%
Taiwan average income PPP $ 7,867 $ 4,212 Full-time and part-time employees, 2004. National Statistics Republic of China, [9]. 175,030 dollars 22% 40.6
Philippines average salary PPP $ 5,639 $ 1,253 Employees, 2004. National Statistics Office, [9], [t]. 98,575 pesos 31%
UK median salary PPP $ 5,323 $ 6,177 Employees, 2005. UK Employment Department, [9], [t]. 5,217 pounds 35% 37.4
Kuwait average income PPP $ 5,163 $ 6,445 Men employees, 2004. Kuwait Ministry of Planning, [9]. 1,840 dinars 0% 39.0
Brazil average income PPP $ 4,851 $ 1,913 Employees, 2001. Ministerio do Trabalho e da Previdência Social, [9]. 5,132 reals 22% 38.6
Peru average salary PPP $ 4,801 $ 2,074 Employees, June 2002. Men only. Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informatica, [9]. 8,697 sols 26%
Norway average income PPP $ 4,263 $ 4,500 Employees, 2001. Statistics Norway, [9]. 59,151 kroners 38% 37.5
U.S. average income PPP $ 4,206 $ 4,206 Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, median earnings, 2007. Standardized weeks per month: 4.33. U.S. Department of Labor, [t]. 5,884 dollars 24%
Mexico average income PPP $ 4,148 $ 2,529 Employees, 2004. Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informatica (INEGI), [9], [k]. 36,389 pesos 24% 45.0
Italy average salary PPP $ 3,997 $ 4,316 Normal hours of work, 2005. Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, [9]. 6,080 euros 43% 38.0
Australia average income PPP $ 3,508 $ 3,443 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. Australian Bureau of Statistics, [9], [t]. 6,050 dollars 25% 35.7
Thailand average salary PPP $ 3,335 $ 1,064 Men employees, 2005. Thailand National Statistical Office, [9], [t], [s]. 48,036 bahts 11% 39.0
China average salary PPP $ 3,249 $ 761 Employees, 2005. National Bureau of Statistics of China, [9]. 6,844 yuans 9%
Austria average salary PPP $ 3,202 $ 2,565 Employees, minimum per month, 2002. Austrian Central Statistical Office (ÖSTAT), [9], [t]. 3,968 euros 37% 38.5
Portugal average salary PPP $ 2,915 $ 2,337 Employees, 2003. Instituto Nacional de Estatística, [9]. 2,862 euros 32% 31.9
Latvia average income PPP $ 2,757 $ 1,225 Adult full-time and part-time employees, 2005. Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia, [9], [t]. 991 lats 31% 40.1
Hungary average salary PPP $ 2,629 $ 1,669 Employees, May 2005. Hungarian Central Statistical Office, [9], [k]. 614,361 forints 46%
Romania average salary PPP $ 2,228 $ 1,144 Men employees, 2005. Romania National Institute of Statistics, [9]. 5,784 new lei 43% 38.8
Russia average salary PPP $ 2,161 $ 864 Employees, men only, 2004. Federal State Statistics Office, [9]. 27,769 roubles 13% 36.2
Lithuania average salary PPP $ 1,674 $ 604 Employees, 2000. Statistics Lithuania, [9]. 3,183 litas 33% 32.8
 

References

 
[a]   Interbank nominal exchange rate, Oanda.com; historical currency converter for over 164 currencies and 3 metals.
[d]   World Economic Outlook Database, September 2006, International Monetary Fund.
[k]   OECD Tax Database. Annual database providing comparative information on personal and corporate income tax and consumption tax systems and rates in OECD countries since 2000. Information on social security contributions levied on employees and their employers is also reported.
[t]   Net income from gross income (calculators, tables): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, UK, U.S., Singapore.
[9]   International Labour Organization. Compilation of average salary income worldwide. Classified by country, by employment category, and by gender.
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