Airline pilot | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Airline pilots fly passengers and cargo to destinations around the world.

  • Work as part of a flight team with other crew members, especially during takeoffs and landings.  
  • Use instrumentation to guide flights when visibility is poor.  
  • Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.  
  • Contact control towers for takeoff clearances,
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Airline pilots typically work around 39 to 41 hours per week.

As a Airline pilot you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    97,608 GBP *
    per year
    35,000 GBP
    110,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Airline pilot
    • 103,798 GBP
    Average salary for full-time Airline pilot

    • 97,608 GBP
    • 103,798 GBP
    Salary over time for Airline pilot

    Pay for this role has decreased slightly over time
    • 94,182 GBP
    • 87,447 GBP
    • 87,322 GBP
    • 84,307 GBP
    • 78,221 GBP
    • 86,204 GBP
    • 97,608 GBP
    • 75,903 GBP
    • 53,152 GBP

    Future outlook for Airline pilots

    Very good outlook
    8 000+ jobs available
    Fair outlook
    -7% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Very good outlook
    28% chance of automation in the future

    Airline pilot - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Airline pilot and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 61% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 18% of people in this role have a post-secondary qualification such as a Higher National Diploma
    • 12% of people in this role have a Master's degree

    You may be able to apply directly to the Civil Aviation Authority's Military Accreditation Scheme to become a commercial pilot, if you have flying experience in the armed forces.

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Airline pilot


    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Airline pilot.
    Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems
    Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Airline pilot. Check that you know:
    Data base user interface and query software Airline Pilots Daily Aviation Log PPC; AirSmith FlightPrompt; CoPilot Flight Planning & E6B; Polaris Microsystems CharterLog
    Electronic mail software Microsoft Outlook
    Information retrieval or search software AeroPlanner; Notam Development Group Airport Insight
    Route navigation software IFT-Pro; Navzilla
    Spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel
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    Things to highlight for your Airline pilot interview

    Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Leadership Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

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