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Drone Operator Salary

$57,772 (USD)

Average Salary

$28/hr

Average Hourly

$1,479

Average Bonus

Last updated: December 09, 2019

The average pay for a Drone Operator is $57,772 a year and $28 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Drone Operator is between $41,023 and $71,468. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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Description:
  • Remotely pilots and operates vehicles for various purposes including, but not limited to, aerial photographing and progress tracking, reconnaissance, surveillance, and terrain mapping.
  • Conducts UAV systems testing and maintenance and assists in the planning, development, and execution of flight test events and demonstrations.
  • Ensures drone operations comply with laws and regulations as necessary.
Drone Operator Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

Job family population: 82,890

Estimated population of Drone Operator jobs: 18,219

Rate of error: 3.2%

Estimated salary in 2024:
$66,974
5 Year Change:
16 %
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Drone Operator Job Listings for United States

Operations Coordinator
Dec 3
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... of scheduling drone operators to figuring out a last-minute shipment of batteries to the middle of nowhere. Every day will be a new adventure. REQUIREMENTS * Associate's degree or higher in ...
Drone Engineering Technician
Dec 3
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Drone / UAS Engineering Technician ABOUT SKYSPECS SkySpecs helps owners of energy infrastructure ... You will work closely with software and hardware engineers, system integrators, and field operators ...
Survey CAD Operator
Oct 1
Utica, United States
Thew Associates
We are seeking highly motivated CAD Operators, at our Canton, Marcy, and Syracuse facilities. The ... CCTV inspections of sanitary, stormwater, and potable water infrastructure; and sUAS (drone ...
Survey CAD Operator
Oct 1
Syracuse, United States
Thew Associates
We are seeking highly motivated CAD Operators, at our Canton, Marcy, and Syracuse facilities. The ... CCTV inspections of sanitary, stormwater, and potable water infrastructure; and sUAS (drone ...
Manufacturing Assembly Technician
Nov 7
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Vantage Robotics
Vantage Robotics, a San Leandro-based drone startup, is looking for an experienced assembly ... Operating CNC equipment * Ability to learn and master complex assembly procedures * Understand and ...

The average pay for a Drone Operator is $57,772 a year and $28 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Drone Operator is between $41,023 and $71,468. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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