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Pilot Average Salary in Mexico 2022

How much money does a Pilot make in Mexico?

Average Monthly Salary
55,800 MXN
( 669,000 MXN yearly)


A person working as a Pilot in Mexico typically earns around 55,800 MXN per month. Salaries range from 27,900 MXN (lowest) to 86,500 MXN (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Pilot salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Pilot Salary Distribution in Mexico

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Pilot salaries in Mexico range from 27,900 MXN per month (minimum salary) to 86,500 MXN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 55,800 MXN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Pilot(s) are earning less than 55,800 MXN while the other half are earning more than 55,800 MXN. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Pilot(s) are earning less than 37,600 MXN while 75% of them are earning more than 37,600 MXN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Pilot(s) are earning less than 71,100 MXN while 25% are earning more than 71,100 MXN.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Pilot Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Mexico Pilot
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Pilot salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Pilot with less than two years of experience makes approximately 33,500 MXN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 44,300 MXN per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 59,200 MXN per month, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Pilot(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 70,600 MXN per month, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 76,200 MXN per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 81,800 MXN per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Pilot average salary change by experience in Mexico

0 - 2 Years
33,500 MXN
2 - 5 Years+32%
44,300 MXN
5 - 10 Years+34%
59,200 MXN
10 - 15 Years+19%
70,600 MXN
15 - 20 Years+8%
76,200 MXN
20+ Years+7%
81,800 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Pilot Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Pilot(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Pilot salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Pilot is 44,300 MXN per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 60,700 MXN per month, 37% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 78,300 MXN per month, 29% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Pilot average salary difference by education level in Mexico

Certificate or Diploma
44,300 MXN
Bachelor's Degree+37%
60,700 MXN
Master's Degree+29%
78,300 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Mexico costs anywhere from 166,000 Mexican Peso(s) to 498,000 Mexican Peso(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Pilot Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Pilot employees in Mexico earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

57,200 MXN
54,000 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Mexico for all Careers

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Pilot Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Mexico

How much are annual salary increments in Mexico for Pilot(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Pilot(s) in Mexico are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Mexico / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Mexico is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Mexico for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Pilot Bonus and Incentive Rates in Mexico

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Mexico Pilot
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A Pilot is considered to be a high bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

19% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 81% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 8% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Pilot Average Hourly Wage in Mexico

320 MXN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Mexico is 320 MXN. This means that the average Pilot in Mexico earns approximately 320 MXN for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Pilot VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Pilot and Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense monthly Mexico
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The average salary for Pilot is 65% more than that of Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense. Also, Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense salaries are 2% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Aeronautical Engineer36,400 MXN-35%
Aerospace Engineer41,100 MXN-26%
Aerospace Technician30,900 MXN-45%
Air Crew Officer21,500 MXN-61%
Air Traffic Assistant20,200 MXN-64%
Air Traffic Controller36,800 MXN-34%
Aircraft Captain52,300 MXN-6%
Aircraft Electrician19,400 MXN-65%
Aircraft Engineer34,400 MXN-38%
Aircraft Fueler15,300 MXN-73%
Aircraft Maintenance Manager55,300 MXN-1%
Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor34,100 MXN-39%
Aircraft Maintenance Technician16,500 MXN-70%
Aircraft Mechanic17,500 MXN-69%
Aircraft Quality Assurance48,100 MXN-14%
Airfield Management Specialist49,600 MXN-11%
Airfield Operations Specialist38,800 MXN-30%
Airline Cabin Crew33,600 MXN-40%
Airline Copilot39,000 MXN-30%
Airlines Sales Manager62,400 MXN+12%
Airlines Structural Assembler15,400 MXN-72%
Airport Services Agent21,900 MXN-61%
Airport Services Manager71,400 MXN+28%
Assistant Aircraft Mechanic15,600 MXN-72%
Aviation Analyst44,100 MXN-21%
Aviation Inspector38,600 MXN-31%
Aviation Manager71,300 MXN+28%
Aviation Operations Controller39,700 MXN-29%
Aviation Resources Manager61,800 MXN+11%
Aviation Safety Manager68,000 MXN+22%
Aviation Safety Officer34,500 MXN-38%
Aviation Technician15,300 MXN-73%
Cargo Executive32,900 MXN-41%
Chief Pilot62,200 MXN+12%
First Officer25,600 MXN-54%
Fleet Management Officer23,200 MXN-58%
Flight Attendant22,400 MXN-60%
Flight Scheduler28,400 MXN-49%
Flight Simulation Engineer30,900 MXN-45%
Freight and Cargo Inspector24,000 MXN-57%
Helicopter Pilot35,700 MXN-36%
Loading Bridge Operator14,400 MXN-74%
Pilot55,800 MXN+0%
Ramp Agent15,700 MXN-72%
Reservations Sales Agent18,800 MXN-66%
Safety and Quality Specialist33,900 MXN-39%
Test Pilot39,600 MXN-29%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Acapulco68,900 MXN
Acuna52,400 MXN
Aguascalientes69,200 MXN
Boca del Rio48,400 MXN
Buenavista56,300 MXN
Campeche54,100 MXN
Cancun66,900 MXN
Celaya60,200 MXN
Chalco52,700 MXN
Chetumal51,500 MXN
Chicoloapan51,200 MXN
Chihuahua70,300 MXN
Chilpancingo51,900 MXN
Chimalhuacan65,000 MXN
Cholula de Rivadabia53,400 MXN
Ciudad Apodaca62,300 MXN
Ciudad del Carmen52,300 MXN
Ciudad Juarez49,500 MXN
Ciudad Lopez Mateos62,800 MXN
Ciudad Obregon62,800 MXN
Ciudad Santa Catarina57,400 MXN
Ciudad Valles48,600 MXN
Ciudad Victoria57,400 MXN
Coacalco58,000 MXN
Coatzacoalcos53,500 MXN
Colima49,700 MXN
Cordoba48,800 MXN
Cuautitlan Izcalli65,500 MXN
Cuautla47,000 MXN
Cuernavaca62,100 MXN
Culiacan68,300 MXN
Delicias48,000 MXN
Durango67,400 MXN
Ecatepec de Morelos72,500 MXN
Ensenada59,200 MXN
Fresnillo46,500 MXN
General Escobedo63,300 MXN
Gomez Palacio59,200 MXN
Guadalajara70,500 MXN
Guadalupe71,700 MXN
Guaymas44,400 MXN
Hermosillo72,800 MXN
Hidalgo del Parral42,900 MXN
Iguala44,600 MXN
Irapuato60,600 MXN
Ixtapaluca60,300 MXN
Jiutepec49,600 MXN
La Paz53,000 MXN
Leon69,900 MXN
Los Mochis59,200 MXN
Los Reyes la Paz59,800 MXN
Manzanillo46,700 MXN
Matamoros63,000 MXN
Mazatlan62,600 MXN
Merida67,700 MXN
Metepec51,900 MXN
Mexicali66,600 MXN
Mexico City74,000 MXN
Minatitlan42,600 MXN
Monclova52,400 MXN
Monterrey70,800 MXN
Morelia65,800 MXN
Naucalpan71,200 MXN
Navojoa44,700 MXN
Nezahualcoyotl74,600 MXN
Nogales52,400 MXN
Nuevo Laredo61,400 MXN
Oaxaca54,600 MXN
Ojo de Agua58,000 MXN
Orizaba43,200 MXN
Pachuca58,100 MXN
Piedras Negras48,000 MXN
Playa del Carmen46,400 MXN
Poza Rica52,800 MXN
Puebla76,400 MXN
Puerto Vallarta55,700 MXN
Queretaro70,500 MXN
Reynosa69,300 MXN
Salamanca51,100 MXN
Saltillo71,400 MXN
San Cristobal de las Casas51,800 MXN
San Juan del Rio46,300 MXN
San Luis Potosi70,900 MXN
San Luis Rio Colorado48,100 MXN
San Nicolas de los Garza63,000 MXN
San Pablo de las Salinas52,400 MXN
San Pedro Garza Garcia45,000 MXN
Soledad de Graciano Sanchez56,400 MXN
Tampico57,400 MXN
Tapachula52,900 MXN
Tehuacan55,200 MXN
Tepic63,400 MXN
Tijuana74,300 MXN
Tlalnepantla de Baz68,300 MXN
Tlaquepaque66,600 MXN
Toluca67,500 MXN
Tonala64,500 MXN
Torreon68,500 MXN
Tuxtla Gutierrez67,400 MXN
Uruapan57,500 MXN
Veracruz63,800 MXN
Villa Nicolas Romero61,000 MXN
Villahermosa64,600 MXN
Xalapa66,300 MXN
Xico61,500 MXN
Zacatecas47,000 MXN
Zamora de Hidalgo46,300 MXN
Zapopan73,800 MXN

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Mexico earn 9% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
31,900 MXN
Public Sector+9%
34,600 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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