Helicopter pilot | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Helicopter pilots fly single- and multi-engined helicopters for business, leisure or emergency services.

  • 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
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Helicopter pilots typically work around 39 to 41 hours per week.

As a Helicopter 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
25,000 GBP
45,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)
Average salary for Helicopter pilot
  • 103,798 GBP
Average salary for full-time Helicopter pilot

  • 97,608 GBP
  • 103,798 GBP
Salary over time for Helicopter 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 Helicopter 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

Helicopter pilot - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Helicopter 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'll need:

  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

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Things to highlight for your Helicopter 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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