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First Officer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$76,000
$63,000
$76,000
$91,000
First officers in the United States make an average salary of $76,504 per year or $36.78 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $63,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $92,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Michigan, and New Mexico provide the highest first officer salaries.
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Map of First Officer Salaries

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Average Salary

Average First Officer Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a first officer is roughly $76,504 per year, which boils down to $36.78 per hour. Interestingly enough, first officers have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $83,504 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $55,000. Additionally, first officers make more than the average salary in Detroit, MI, Albuquerque, NM, Corpus Christi, TX, Boston, MA, and Des Moines, IA. On a more broad level, first officer salaries are highest in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Michigan, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Texas. On the contrary, Alabama, South Carolina, and Wyoming offer the lowest first officer salaries.

City
Average Salary
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$83,504
$84k
Detroit, MI
Detroit, MI
$76,766
$77k
Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque, NM
$76,755
$77k
Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi, TX
$76,413
$76k
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$75,799
$76k
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, IA
$75,304
$75k
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
$75,091
$75k
Salisbury, MD
Salisbury, MD
$74,537
$75k
Arlington, VA
Arlington, VA
$73,769
$74k
Appleton, WI
Appleton, WI
$73,703
$74k

High Paying First Officer Jobs

Average First Officer Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a first officer, working for Southern Air or United Technologies might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like ABX Air and United Parcel Service report highly competitive salaries for first officers.

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First Officer Salary History

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    First Officer Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a first officer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added First Officer Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    First Officer
    First Officer
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    01/05/2020
    01/05/2020
    $77,908
    $77,908
    01/05/2020
    First Officer
    First Officer
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    12/11/2019
    12/11/2019
    $60,000
    $60,000
    12/11/2019
    First Officer
    First Officer
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    12/08/2019
    12/08/2019
    $77,908
    $77,908
    12/08/2019
    Freight Runners Express
    Freight Runners Express
    First Officer
    First Officer
    First Officer
    Milwaukee, WI
    Milwaukee, WI
    11/29/2019
    11/29/2019
    $31,500
    $31,500
    11/29/2019
    First Officer
    First Officer
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    11/21/2019
    11/21/2019
    $76,384
    $76,384
    11/21/2019
    First Officer
    First Officer
    Florence, KY
    Florence, KY
    09/18/2019
    09/18/2019
    $22,957
    $22,957
    09/18/2019
    First Officer
    First Officer
    New York
    New York
    09/18/2019
    09/18/2019
    $22,957
    $22,957
    09/18/2019
    Air Choice One
    Air Choice One
    First Officer
    First Officer
    First Officer
    Saint Louis, MO
    Saint Louis, MO
    08/23/2019
    08/23/2019
    $52,175
    $52,175
    08/23/2019
    Gojet Airlines LLC
    Gojet Airlines LLC
    First Officer Pilot
    First Officer Pilot
    First Officer Pilot
    Bridgeton, MO
    Bridgeton, MO
    08/05/2019
    08/05/2019
    $79,076
    $79,076
    08/05/2019
    Executive Aviation Corporation
    Executive Aviation Corporation
    First Officer (G-450 Aircraft)
    First Officer (G-450 Aircraft)
    First Officer (G-450 Aircraft)
    Miami, FL
    Miami, FL
    07/15/2019
    07/15/2019
    $84,000
    $84,000
    07/15/2019