Cost to Get A Pilot License
When looking to become a pilot, one of the first areas you are likely to want to understand is in regard to the pilot license cost, and ultimately how much training may cost you. Paying for flight time required, plus the one-on-one instruction with a Certified Flight Instructor can all add up; however, so do the rewards with not only a high paying career, but also unparalleled office views and the ability to travel the country or even the world.
As with most things, the cost can depend. The pilot license cost you will pay is based on the type(s) of pilot license(s) you are looking to obtain. For instance, a private pilot license will cost less than a commercial pilot license, as not only are the flight hour requirements significantly lower, but a Private Pilot License is a preliminary step for almost all pilots on their way to getting their Commercial License.
The type of aircraft will also play a factor in the pilot license costs you incur. Here, we are focusing on fixed wing pilot training costs. Those interested in becoming helicopter or drone pilots would have different pilot license costs. Similarly, the ‘Category’ or ‘Class’ of aircraft would impact the cost structure, for instance becoming rated in a Multi Engine plane would cost more than training only in a Single Engine plane.
However, acknowledging these caveats and limitations, to give a rough estimation for the cost of each pilot license the following will help you understand the approximate costs
|Pilot License||Approximate Cost|
|Private Pilot License||$10,000-$20,000|
|Commercial Pilot License||$25,000-$35,000|
|Commercial Multi Engine Add On||$5,000-$10,000|
|Certified Flight Instructor||$10,000-$15,000|
|Certified Flight Instructor Instrument||$5,000-$10,000|
|Certified Flight Instructor Multi Engine||$5,000-$10,000|