And now business aviation's competing with the airlines for pilots, making the problem even worse. Fat raises with benefits often aren't enough to keep pilots from bailing out for American, Delta, Southwest or United, especially when they read news from shows like Dubai where airlines ordered record numbers of new aircraft. Business aviation offers some mighty well-paid flying jobs however. Using companies with between $100 million and $500 million in annual sales, the NBAA salary survey shows a first officer's average salary beginning at $66,000 per year, while a captain might expect about $105,000. With longevity, a senior corporate captain flying a large aircraft in the Gulfstream G650, or Falcon 8X range, might average $177,000. Once a pilot climbs to the management ranks as a chief pilot, for example, salaries can average $250,000 annually. Despite solid salaries and benefits, the draw of larger airplanes and line-pilot salaries between $200,000-300,000 at the airlines can be tough to match.