Drone Pilot Salary: $100,000

Interested in joining the growing drone and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry but not sure if it will pay the bills?  You’ll be glad to hear that big companies such as Amazon and Facebook are paying over $100,000 a year for experienced drone pilots and engineers.

As many as 100,000 new jobs will be created in the first 10 years after unmanned aircraft are cleared for takeoff in U.S. airspace, according to a 2013 report from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

You can read more on the article from CNN Money here.

How do you get started as a drone pilot?

Generally, you’ll need to get some experience on your own.  We suggest purchasing a hobby-level drone such as a DJI Phantom or 3D Robotics Solo.  Spend a few months flying daily and getting to know the ins-and-outs of the devices.  Join the discussions at PhantomPilots.com or 3DRpilots.com and get to know fellow pilots.      You might want to start learning about the FAA Section 333 Exemption and you may want to apply and start building some commercial experience as well.

One Comment

  1. victor guevara

    Hi I’m victor from new york, as a middle age man I’m looking to brake into the drone industry , there is a school called dart drone they teach the very basic and advance courses, would this be a good place to start in order to get some experience.

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