How to Make Money With a Pilot's License


Working as a pilot can be a lucrative occupation. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, as of May 2008, pilots made on average $119,750 annually. If you hold a pilot’s license, there are a number of ways you can turn this credential into a money-maker. By considering your skills and what types of work you find most fulfilling, you can select an occupation option that fits both your credential and your career hopes, bringing money into your pocket.

  • Obtain a commercial pilot job. When many people picture pilots, they think of the uniformed men and women who fly them to and from vacation. If you would like to work for one of the major airlines, flying passengers around the globe, apply for, and train with, one of these companies. If you select this option, however, expect to spend a large amount of time away from home.

  • Fly charter planes. Work for a smaller company–or as your own boss–by flying charter planes. Set up a charter plane company in a major city or tourist destination, or apply to work with a company that is already established in one of these locations. In a job of this type, you will fly on a pay-per-flight basis, serving smaller groups of people.

  • Join the military. Put your pilot’s license to use serving the needs of your country as a member of the air force or other military branch. If you select this option, you will still need to complete basic military training, but you will likely be able to advance quickly as you already have this uncommon credential.

  • Teach flight instruction. Help others acquire their wings as well by working as a flight instructor for a private or government company. In many states, you will be required to acquire a license to work in this capacity even though you already have your pilot’s credentials.


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