Flight Instructor pay by location

CFIgigs

Active Member
Hey CFIs,
I'm trying to build an infographic that shows flight instructor pay by state or region (not cost to student, but actual wage per hour).

Can you share the rate CFIs get paid (assume private pilot certification) in your location?

Here's an ideal post:

Flight: $35/ hour
Ground: $20 / hour
Boston, MA
KBOS


Thank you for sharing!
 

CFIgigs

Active Member
Flight/ground: 26/hr
Long Island, NY
FRG
Thanks Jordan93,
If you know others who can share these rates, I'd love to collect them and create a visualization. It's interesting that the rates have stayed so similar for YEARS and yet the cost to students has gone up. Do you find that to be the case in your area?
 

CFIgigs

Active Member
Flight/Ground: $40/hr
Pueblo, CO
KPUB/1V6
Thanks KennyM.
Interesting. You're definitely making more than others I have asked. Do you think it is just the flight school's preference, or is there something special going on that drives the price higher than say, $25-$30 like everywhere else?

Thanks for the response.
 

CFIgigs

Active Member
Flight: $30/hour
Ground: same
Northern VA/MD/DC metro
KJYO
Thanks killbilly.

When I started flight instructing back in 2000, I think we had the same rate. It was either $25 or $30 per hour. Hard to believe it's the same now, even at a much busier location.

What do CFIs do to increase their take-home pay? Just charge more ground time?
 

KennyM

Well-Known Member
Thanks KennyM.
Interesting. You're definitely making more than others I have asked. Do you think it is just the flight school's preference, or is there something special going on that drives the price higher than say, $25-$30 like everywhere else?

Thanks for the response.
Hey gigs,
We don’t have but one very small flight school (one Cherokee 180) and several freelance guys like myself. When I was instructing at another local school that has recently left, they just preferred to pay the instructors well and make most of the profit on maintenance and aircraft rental. We’re all 50+ guys that have retired from another career and teaching part time.

We also have L3 Doss Aviation that does military prescreening for the Air Force here at KPUB. Those guys do great at about $80-90k per year for a 2-3 flight a day 40 hour work week. They have about 130 instructors and around 55 Diamond Katana’s. I’d do it but don’t want to be that busy and I prefer more advanced training. I’ve finished up a bunch of their remote pilot students though that wanted to go on and get an FAA private certificate. Otherwise they can only fly military drones.

Kenny
 

ahw01

Well-Known Member
You may wish to contact these folks


Alex
 

Itchy

Well-Known Member
I would posit it basically sucks everywhere. The pay comes in the form of a fattened logbook that allows you to march on to better things.
 

Crop Duster

E pluribus unum
Hey CFIs,
I'm trying to build an infographic that shows flight instructor pay by state or region (not cost to student, but actual wage per hour).

Can you share the rate CFIs get paid (assume private pilot certification) in your location?

Here's an ideal post:

Flight: $35/ hour
Ground: $20 / hour
Boston, MA
KBOS


Thank you for sharing!
What's the intent of the infographic? To get every entitled, completely uninterested-in-flight-instructing CFI as well paid as possible before they dump their students mid-stream to run off to SkyWest?

There are two kinds of CFIs: Flight Instructors. And folks chasing hours.
 

mrivc211

Well-Known Member
What's the intent of the infographic? To get every entitled, completely uninterested-in-flight-instructing CFI as well paid as possible before they dump their students mid-stream to run off to SkyWest?

There are two kinds of CFIs: Flight Instructors. And folks chasing hours.
I recently had a wet behind the ears CFI demand to be paid $60 per hour. I told her my instructors average pay is 7.5 hours per day. "If I pay you $60/hour, I will be paying you $108,000 per year". The instructor smiled and said great. I face palmed and ended the interview immediately.
 
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