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Pilot Average Salary in Hong Kong 2020

How much money does a Pilot make in Hong Kong?

Average Monthly Salary
51,900 HKD
( 623,000 HKD yearly)


A person working as a Pilot in Hong Kong typically earns around 51,900 HKD per month. Salaries range from 27,500 HKD (lowest) to 79,000 HKD (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 Hong Kong

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

  • Salary Range

    Pilot salaries in Hong Kong range from 27,500 HKD per month (minimum salary) to 79,000 HKD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 48,800 HKD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Pilot(s) are earning less than 48,800 HKD while the other half are earning more than 48,800 HKD. 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 34,400 HKD while 75% of them are earning more than 34,400 HKD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Pilot(s) are earning less than 60,100 HKD while 25% are earning more than 60,100 HKD.

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 Hong Kong 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 31,600 HKD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 38,800 HKD per month, 23% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 55,000 HKD per month, 42% 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 64,300 HKD per month, 17% 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 70,700 HKD per month, 10% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 74,800 HKD per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Pilot average salary change by experience in Hong Kong

0 - 2 Years
31,600 HKD
2 - 5 Years+23%
38,800 HKD
5 - 10 Years+42%
55,000 HKD
10 - 15 Years+17%
64,300 HKD
15 - 20 Years+10%
70,700 HKD
20+ Years+6%
74,800 HKD
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.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Hong Kong Pilot
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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 38,800 HKD per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 50,200 HKD per month, 29% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 71,800 HKD per month, 43% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Pilot average salary difference by education level in Hong Kong

Certificate or Diploma
38,800 HKD
Bachelor's Degree+29%
50,200 HKD
Master's Degree+43%
71,800 HKD
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 Hong Kong costs anywhere from 230,000 Hong Kong Dollar(s) to 691,000 Hong Kong Dollar(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 monthly Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong earn 13% more than their female counterparts.

48,000 HKD
54,400 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Hong Kong for all Careers

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Pilot Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Hong Kong

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


Pilot(s) in Hong Kong are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 30 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 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.

Hong Kong / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate Hong Kong
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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 Hong Kong is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong

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

40% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 60% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% 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.

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 Hong Kong earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
44,700 HKD
Public Sector+10%
49,300 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Pilot Salary Trend and Forecast in Hong Kong

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Hong Kong Pilot
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Average Salary 2016
46,900 HKD
Average Salary 2017+4%
48,700 HKD
Average Salary 2018+2%
49,400 HKD
Average Salary 2019+2%
50,500 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Pilot salaries in Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong

300 HKD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Hong Kong is 300 HKD. This means that the average Pilot in Hong Kong earns approximately 300 HKD 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 Hong Kong
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The average salary for Pilot is 15% 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 Engineer42,700 HKD-18%
Aerospace Engineer45,400 HKD-13%
Aerospace Technician38,200 HKD-26%
Air Crew Officer33,700 HKD-35%
Air Traffic Assistant37,700 HKD-27%
Air Traffic Controller42,100 HKD-19%
Aircraft Captain49,500 HKD-5%
Aircraft Electrician36,800 HKD-29%
Aircraft Engineer44,800 HKD-14%
Aircraft Fueler30,000 HKD-42%
Aircraft Maintenance Manager46,900 HKD-10%
Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor48,300 HKD-7%
Aircraft Maintenance Technician30,200 HKD-42%
Aircraft Mechanic38,500 HKD-26%
Aircraft Quality Assurance49,800 HKD-4%
Airfield Management Specialist55,700 HKD+7%
Airfield Operations Specialist52,700 HKD+1%
Airline Cabin Crew43,200 HKD-17%
Airline Copilot50,800 HKD-2%
Airlines Sales Manager44,800 HKD-14%
Airlines Structural Assembler29,200 HKD-44%
Airport Services Agent37,400 HKD-28%
Airport Services Manager56,600 HKD+9%
Assistant Aircraft Mechanic36,700 HKD-29%
Aviation Analyst53,500 HKD+3%
Aviation Inspector43,000 HKD-17%
Aviation Manager61,800 HKD+19%
Aviation Operations Controller43,600 HKD-16%
Aviation Resources Manager56,800 HKD+9%
Aviation Safety Manager55,500 HKD+7%
Aviation Safety Officer43,400 HKD-16%
Aviation Technician32,500 HKD-37%
Cargo Executive35,500 HKD-32%
Chief Pilot51,800 HKD-0%
First Officer37,100 HKD-29%
Fleet Management Officer37,400 HKD-28%
Flight Attendant38,300 HKD-26%
Flight Scheduler43,200 HKD-17%
Flight Simulation Engineer41,300 HKD-20%
Freight and Cargo Inspector40,800 HKD-21%
Helicopter Pilot48,000 HKD-8%
Loading Bridge Operator31,200 HKD-40%
Pilot51,900 HKD-0%
Ramp Agent32,600 HKD-37%
Reservations Sales Agent34,700 HKD-33%
Safety and Quality Specialist39,300 HKD-24%
Test Pilot45,800 HKD-12%
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