Increased Demand = Higher Pay for Flight Instructors
Embry-Riddle flight instructors without degrees earn $17 per hour, while degreed instructors start at $19 and master's degree holders make $22 per hour. Base pay rises to $22.50 per hour after 1,000 hours of dual instruction, with typical earnings ranging from about $33,000 to $40,000 annually. That compares with regional airlines starting pay of "about $20- to $25,000 for the first year, and a second year increase of $5- to $10,000," Snyder says. CFI jobs posted by NAFI range in pay from $18 to $30 per hour, with salaried positions from $54,000 to $70,000 annually.