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An airline pilot has one of the best jobs in the world. Besides a chance to travel the world and explore amazing foreign cultures, pilots can make a solid salary. First year salaries range from $25,000 to over $50,000 per year. Your annual salary could grow to nearly $200-300,000 if you work for a company for over 10-15 years. Retirement and benefit packages for pilots often exceed those found in other professions. Such high earnings and excellent perks are some of the best parts of being a pilot.
At the end of February, the Government Accountability Office published a 61-page report, “Aviation Workforce: Current and Future Availability of Airline Pilots”. Created in response to a request from Congress, the GAO’s report investigated claims of an airline pilot shortage—either in-progress, or on its way. The report concluded that there is “mixed” evidence for a shortage of pilots.
However, that’s only when looking at the overall picture. Major carriers on national routes have no trouble finding pilots—at least for the time being. Meanwhile, at the regional level, it’s a different story.