Technical Salary Trends within Aviation

An analysis of the salary landscape of the aviation industry over the last year, compared to previous years findings. Looking into technical salary trends, to find out what you can expect from different professions within the industry going forward.


Technical Salary Trends Within The Aviation Industry

According to research conducted by Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), with the recent AJS Salary Report, as of 2019 the Aviation and related Tourism industry supported a staggering 62.7 million jobs, of which 9.9 million people were directly employed within the Aviation Industry. However, despite the magnitude of these figures, the industry is struggling to maintain and expand its workforce against current and forecasted industry growth.

If aviation is an industry you’ve been curious about entering, then now is a great time to explore opportunities with big incentives and high demand for professionals, with Pilots and Engineers at the top of the list.

Aviation is one of the highest-paid industries in the world, with a large range of salaries across many different roles. Technical salaries are based on several different factors including role requirements, location, levels of experience, training/qualifications and business.

2019 Salary Landscape:

Technical salary trends show that in 2019 the overall average salary increased by 9.5% within aviation. The highest-paid profession being Hardware Engineer, with an average salary of £92,071.43, an increase of 10.39% from the previous year.

However, as a rapidly evolving industry, particularly within a technological and environmental age, many new roles are created and prioritised year on year. An example of this is provided in the form of the Environmental Health and Safety roles, which in 2019 saw the largest salary increase of the whole industry from the previous year, rising a massive 37.84% from £32,000 to £44,110.00! Therefore, there has never been a better time to be in this role within aviation.

The Pilot Workforce:

According to technical salary trends of 2019, it is also a fantastic time to become a Pilot, as the average Pilot salary increased by 22.04% between 2018 and 2019, due to high demand at the time of a pilot skills shortage. With recruiter job adverts for Pilots having increased by 109.14% from 2018 to 2019, airlines are having to heavily compete on financial packages to attract and retain experienced talent. The average salary of a First Officer has increased by 4.35%, while experienced Captains have seen an increase of 12.78%.

The Engineering Workforce:

Amidst a technical skills shortage, engineers are highly sought after, with Maintenance/Servicing skills being the 4th highest skill needed across the whole industry. Interest in Engineering roles has seen a sharp increase of 98.96% in 2019. Technical staff cover the full life cycle of an aircraft, from design and manufacture through to maintenance and finally end of life services once the aircraft has served its time. An operator’s priority is to ensure that aircraft safety and operational efficiency remains paramount.

It is therefore not surprising that Engineering roles are one of the higher paid professions within the industry. This community of professionals has also seen an increase in their average salary, with a 4.79% increase from 2018 to 2019. This takes the average salary to £53,855.55 with many being paid far higher than the average figure!


All organisations within the industry look for many of the same skill traits and personal attributes in their potential new talent. Examples of this can include problem-solving ability and critical thinking, language and numeracy ability, IT literacy, social skills and many more that you may possess.

Of course, different roles require different levels of expertise and knowledge, however, with excellent training and development opportunities provided by many of our clients, the path into a new exciting career could be just around the corner for you.

We have many aviation job opportunities on our website currently that provide type ratings for Pilots, provide further training for Engineers and give new areas of the Globe to explore for all involved.


To summarise, there are currently many jobs within the aviation industry available, based in exciting locations around the World. Each involves different skill sets and personal attributes which you may possess or be able to learn on the job.

However, the best way to truly understand what you are seeking from a new job is to read through the job descriptions and benefits of working with the clients – all of which can be found on our job ads before you apply. So, if you are someone that is seeking a new challenge and opportunity to develop, we highly recommend having a browse through our opportunities and getting in contact with us via the form opposite to see how we can help you find your dream job.

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