First Officer Salary

The average salary for a First Officer in the UK is:


Job profile for a First Officer

A First Officer is second in command of an aircraft and works together as a team with the Captain, in the safe operation of the flight. The First Officer has an equal share in the flying and managment of the aircraft. The Captain will fly one sector (example London to Malaga) and the first officer the other sector (Malaga to London.) . People management, customer service and business skills that are important to any successful organisation are required. There are many tasks that are shared between the captain and first officer: ?ensuring information about the route, weather, passengers and aircraft are correct; ?analysing the flight plan, including the route and flying altitude, to ensure it accurately reflects the expected circumstances of the flight; ?calculating how much fuel to take, and supervising the loading and fuelling of the aircraft; ?Liasing with Cabin crew, Aircraft Dispatcher, ground crew and Air Traffic Control ?ensuring all safety systems are working properly; ?briefing the cabin crew before the flight, and maintaining regular contact throughout the flight; ?communicating with air traffic control prior to take-off and during flight and landing; ?ensuring noise regulations are followed during take off and landing; ?understanding and interpreting data from instruments and controls; ?making regular checks on the aircraft's technical performance and position, on weather conditions and air traffic during flight; ?communicating with passengers using the public address system; ?reacting quickly and appropriately to environmental changes and emergencies; ?updating the aircraft logbook and/or writing a report at the end of the flight noting any incidents or problems with the aircraft.

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First Officer Salary Comparison

In 2008, the average salary for this job was £51,000.

The average salary in 2009 was £40,000, based on 3 respondents (a difference of -22% from the 2008 figure.

The average salary in 2010 was £78,800, based on 4 respondents (a difference of 97% from the 2009 figure.

The average salary in 2011 was £40,748, based on 7 respondents (a difference of -48% from the 2010 figure.

The average salary in 2012 was £43,000, based on 4 respondents (a difference of 6% from the 2011 figure.

The median salary for a First Officer based on all salary survey responses is: £50,000

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About the Salary Survey Data in this survey is based on over 368,000 individual salary records. The date period for which job information was gathered varies, but is usually between 2008 - 2012. For precise date related information, custom reports may be ordered with greater granularity. Working 8 hours a day, 250 days of the year, the data suggests the hourly rate for First Officer is £29.97.

First Officer Salary By UK Region

These figures use non-job specific statistical weighting from our salary data pool and also include for comparison the salaries for a First Officer job in US Dollars based on a recent exchante rate (last rate update 02/05/2013 with a pound to dollar exchange rate 1.56) for comparisons for our international visitors
Salary US Dollars Region
£52747 $82285.32 North West
£65334 $101921.04 London
£47952 $74805.12 Yorkshire and North East
£52147 $81349.32 South West
£61738 $96311.28 South East
£50949 $79480.44 Scotland
£53946 $84155.76 Northern Ireland
£50349 $78544.44 Wales
£55744 $86960.64 Midlands
£49750 $77610 East of England

With regard to age and impact on salary for a First Officer, a statistical average weighting (that is based on how salary varies by age and not for a specific job which may vary considerably) suggests these figures: £44,955 for a worker in their 20s, £58,741 (30s), £69,530 (40s) and £69,530 (50s).
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The average salary figure above for a First Officer is considered highly likely to be representative of the UK market average due to the high number of respondents who had this exact job title.

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