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Pilot Average Salary in France 2020

How much money does a Pilot make in France?

Average Yearly Salary
67,400 EUR
( 5,610 EUR monthly)


A person working as a Pilot in France typically earns around 67,400 EUR per year. Salaries range from 32,300 EUR (lowest) to 106,000 EUR (highest).

This is the average yearly 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 France

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

  • Salary Range

    Pilot salaries in France range from 32,300 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 106,000 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 70,000 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Pilot(s) are earning less than 70,000 EUR while the other half are earning more than 70,000 EUR. 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 46,100 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 46,100 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Pilot(s) are earning less than 91,400 EUR while 25% are earning more than 91,400 EUR.

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 yearly France 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 37,800 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 53,600 EUR per year, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 70,500 EUR per year, 31% 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 86,700 EUR per year, 23% 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 92,200 EUR per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 101,000 EUR per year, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Pilot average salary change by experience in France

0 - 2 Years
37,800 EUR
2 - 5 Years+42%
53,600 EUR
5 - 10 Years+31%
70,500 EUR
10 - 15 Years+23%
86,700 EUR
15 - 20 Years+6%
92,200 EUR
20+ Years+10%
101,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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 47,000 EUR per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 74,900 EUR per year, 59% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 99,900 EUR per year, 33% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Pilot average salary difference by education level in France

Certificate or Diploma
47,000 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+59%
74,900 EUR
Master's Degree+33%
99,900 EUR
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 France costs anywhere from 25,400 Euro(s) to 76,100 Euro(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

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Pilot Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly France Pilot
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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 France earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

65,900 EUR
69,400 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in France for all Careers

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Pilot Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in France

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


Pilot(s) in France are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 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.

France / All Professions

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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 France is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in France for the year 2019. 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 France

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate France 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.

17% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 83% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Pilot employees in France earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
59,200 EUR
Public Sector+5%
62,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Pilot Salary Trend and Forecast in France

How are Pilot salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly France Pilot
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Average Salary 2016
60,300 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
62,500 EUR
Average Salary 2018+3%
64,500 EUR
Average Salary 2019+2%
66,100 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Pilot salaries in France are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Pilot Average Hourly Wage in France

32 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in France is 32 EUR. This means that the average Pilot in France earns approximately 32 EUR 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 yearly France
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The average salary for Pilot is 13% more than that of Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense. Also, Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense salaries are 2% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Aeronautical Engineer55,800 EUR-17%
Aerospace Engineer66,000 EUR-2%
Aerospace Technician54,000 EUR-20%
Air Crew Officer48,200 EUR-28%
Air Traffic Assistant51,600 EUR-23%
Air Traffic Controller59,900 EUR-11%
Aircraft Captain69,800 EUR+4%
Aircraft Electrician51,200 EUR-24%
Aircraft Engineer59,100 EUR-12%
Aircraft Fueler40,700 EUR-40%
Aircraft Maintenance Manager68,800 EUR+2%
Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor62,600 EUR-7%
Aircraft Maintenance Technician40,000 EUR-41%
Aircraft Mechanic48,800 EUR-28%
Aircraft Quality Assurance69,200 EUR+3%
Airfield Management Specialist72,200 EUR+7%
Airfield Operations Specialist66,700 EUR-1%
Airline Cabin Crew60,400 EUR-10%
Airline Copilot62,900 EUR-7%
Airlines Sales Manager57,700 EUR-14%
Airlines Structural Assembler38,100 EUR-43%
Airport Services Agent52,100 EUR-23%
Airport Services Manager73,000 EUR+8%
Assistant Aircraft Mechanic45,400 EUR-33%
Aviation Analyst71,500 EUR+6%
Aviation Inspector55,900 EUR-17%
Aviation Manager80,700 EUR+20%
Aviation Operations Controller60,500 EUR-10%
Aviation Resources Manager79,800 EUR+18%
Aviation Safety Manager77,100 EUR+14%
Aviation Safety Officer58,900 EUR-13%
Aviation Technician41,500 EUR-38%
Cargo Executive50,000 EUR-26%
Chief Pilot69,700 EUR+3%
First Officer54,400 EUR-19%
Fleet Management Officer49,400 EUR-27%
Flight Attendant50,400 EUR-25%
Flight Scheduler55,500 EUR-18%
Flight Simulation Engineer51,500 EUR-24%
Freight and Cargo Inspector51,700 EUR-23%
Helicopter Pilot66,600 EUR-1%
Loading Bridge Operator40,500 EUR-40%
Pilot67,400 EUR+0%
Ramp Agent44,600 EUR-34%
Reservations Sales Agent46,400 EUR-31%
Safety and Quality Specialist54,100 EUR-20%
Test Pilot64,600 EUR-4%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bordeaux67,200 EUR
Lille60,700 EUR
Lyon74,300 EUR
Marseille74,200 EUR
Montpellier63,300 EUR
Nantes67,400 EUR
Nice67,300 EUR
Paris75,600 EUR
Strasbourg66,000 EUR
Toulouse74,400 EUR
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