Median Salary: $ 79,997
Salary Growth (2009–2015): +28%
Total Employees: 15,100
Change in Employees (2009–2015): +5%
Air pilots provide a variety of services, from air transportation to crop spraying, aerial surveying and bush flying. Flight engineers, who handle inspection, troubleshooting and maintenance of aircraft, are also included in this category.
Pilots, flight instructors and flight engineers must have completed secondary school and be certified by a flying or aviation school. Pilots must hold licenses on the specific types of aircraft they intend to fly, and flight engineers need a license issued by Transport Canada.
The median salary for pilots, flying instructors and flight engineers was $79,997 in 2015. Compenstion for pilots and flight engineers is highly dependent on experience—those in their late career can make around $140,000 a year, while entry-level employees only make about $40,000 a year, according to PayScale Canada.
Although many people apply to flying schools, very few get in. For instance, Quebec schools train only an average of 150 to 200 pilots a year, according to Service Canada. Training programs are highly rigorous, so candidates run a high risk of washing out before graduation. Pilots continue to undergo demanding professional development throughout their careers. Job prospects in the field are good, but promotions only happen after many years of experience since the turnover rate is low.