Pilot Salary in India: Commercial Pilots Packages 2011March 28th, 2011 Posted by VFreshers
Most men and women have dreams in their eyes of flying in the sky one day and becoming a pilot. This is one of the most coveted of jobs and has a lot of prestige and glamour that is attached to it. There can be nothing more enlightening then to have a pilot’s uniform with the cocked in one direction cap on. Also, the salary and perks that a pilot gets makes it all the more worthwhile.
The salary range for a commercial pilot is really high. It could start off with 7 lakhs and go up to 30 lakhs per annum. In fact, if salary ranges across the other industries are to be considered then the salary of a commercial pilot is one of the highest in India.
If you are a pilot who has just earned himself a degree in commercial pilot then the salary that you can expect quite easily is about 1.5 lakhs per year. This is in a domestic airline. If you were to join an international airline then the salary would be far higher. An experienced pilot who is flying on the international route can earn as much as 5 to 7 lakhs every month. This is a phenomenal amount of money to be bringing home.
The thing to do to get this kind of salary and to become a commercial pilot is to complete 10+2 with compulsory subjects like physics, chemistry and mathematics. The marks that are required in each of these subjects is 50%. Then, you can join a flying school to get the commercial flying pilots license.
There are several rounds that you need to clear before you get a seat in one of these flying schools. Also, the fees are steep and go on to be as much as 15 to 20 lakhs. There are bank loans that you can avail. However, the moment you complete the course you can start working right away and repay the cost of the loan.
The first job that you will get after your license is that of a trainee pilot in a commercial airline. The salary that you draw depends on the kind of airline that you get the job in. The moment you are able to pass the trainee tests you will be declared a commercial pilot and fall into that stupendously wonderful salary bracket.
A point to be noted here is that pilots for the air force are in a different league altogether. They do not earn as much as a commercial pilot however they do have a whole lot of perks and job satisfaction coming to them. They also have the pride of working for their country and protecting it. However, the salary that a pilot can draw in the IAF is anywhere between 40 and 50,000 per month. This is not counting the perks and the other benefits that these pilots for the Air Force get beside the base salary that they are eligible for.