Pilot Salary Canada

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Average Air Pilots’, Flight Engineers’ and Flying Instructors’ Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Air Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 2271.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: airline pilot, flying instructor, flight engineer, helicopter pilot and test pilot.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Saskatoon / Biggar, Saskatchewan at $45.19 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest, British Columbia at $27.97 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $60,000 – $80,000.

Employment prospects for airline pilots, flying instructors and flight engineers are good in Canada. The government forecasts that there will be too few job seekers to fill job vacancies in this profession for the near future. Fuel costs play a large part in determining expansion demand for this profession.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Air Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 23.2228.8762.502017
Edmonton – Alberta* 23.2228.8755.232017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 15.3927.97 51.922013
Winnipeg – Manitoba 18.27 36.20 62.50 2015
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 17.9434.0056.412013
Halifax – Nova Scotia 21.3535.0072.122015
Toronto – Ontario(1) 17.55 36.54 70.432016
Ottawa – Ontario 17.55 36.54 70.432016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 17.55 36.54 70.432016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(1) 17.55 36.54 70.432016
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec15.5040.8748.082016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan(1)*28.3745.1984.92 2011


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Flying aircraft to transport passengers and freight
›› Completing pre-flight checks of instruments and engines
›› Writing flight reports after completion of flight
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences, which includes air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors, is $32.47. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,190, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $62,000.

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