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Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) Pilot Salary

$78,632 (USD)

Average Salary

$38/hr

Average Hourly

$2,375

Average Bonus

Last updated: December 07, 2019

The average pay for an Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) Pilot is $78,632 a year and $38 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for an Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) Pilot is between $55,436 and $97,513. 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:
  • Pilots unmanned observation aircraft vehicles (UAV) remotely to aid military personnel in acquiring information about enemy forces and potential battle areas.
  • Operates the UAV to include mission planning, mission sensor and payload operations, launching, remote piloting, and recovery of the aerial vehicle.
  • Prepares and conducts air reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting, and acquisition missions; and operates mission sensor and payload for target detection.
  • Compiles and examines intelligence that is required to design operational plans and tactics.
Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) Pilot Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Commercial Pilots

Job family population: 37,870

Estimated population of Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) Pilot jobs: 5,061

Rate of error: 2.9%

Estimated salary in 2024:
$91,156
5 Year Change:
16 %
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Description: The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or simply America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), it is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. Most of the country is located in central North America between Canada and Mexico. With an estimated population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the...

Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) Pilot Job Listings for United States

UAV Operator (15W)
Nov 20
North Little Rock, United States
Army National Guard
... Vehicles (UAVs), are used in the field to gather intelligence for tactical operations. As an ... Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator in the Army National Guard, you will be responsible for piloting ...
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Repairers (15E)
Nov 20
North Little Rock, United States
Army National Guard
Being able to observe our enemies to gain intel from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle creates a huge tactical advantage for our forces in the field. And it's up to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Repairers ...
Production Technician, composites
Nov 14
Petaluma, CA, USA
Arcturus UAV
Company Description Come and launch your career with Arcturus UAV, (unmanned aerial vehicle) We are a Company disrupting the industry by developing revolutionary aircraft. We have developed the most ...
Accounts Payable Coordinator
Nov 14
Petaluma, CA, USA
Arcturus UAV
Company Description Come and launch your career with Arcturus UAV, (unmanned aerial vehicle) We are a Company disrupting the industry by developing revolutionary aircraft. We have developed the most ...
Business Development Manager
Nov 16
us
UAV Factory
Expected travel is 30%+ International and US Company UAV Factory USA is a division of one of the world's leading developers and manufactures of fixed wing composite small unmanned aircraft and ...

The average pay for an Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) Pilot is $78,632 a year and $38 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for an Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) Pilot is between $55,436 and $97,513. 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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