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FedEx Pilot Salary – How to Become a FedEx Pilot




Many aspiring pilots wonder, ‘How much do FedEx pilots make?’

In this article, we’ll break down a FedEx pilot’s salary and explain exactly how to become a FedEx pilot in just a few short years.

FedEx operates a global cargo fleet that delivers packages around the world. Thousands of businesses and millions of consumers use FedEx every month. Currently, FedEx has over 5,000 pilots and with 100+ pilots retiring every year they are constantly hiring.

With the continued growth of e-commerce, it’s expected that delivery needs around the world will continue to increase which is great news for FedEx and provides job security for their pilots.

FedEx Pilots Pay

Just like the passenger airlines, FedEx pilot’s pay will vary based on the plane you fly and the number of hours you fly during each bid period. They have a 74-hour monthly and reserve guarantee. Given the factors above, the salary below should only be considered an estimate of annual pay based on available sources.

Let’s explore the FedEx pilot pay in detail to understand what pilots can expect in terms of compensation:

FedEx First Officer Pay:

  • Year 1: $75,000
  • Year 5: $165,000
  • Year 15: $203,000

FedEx Captain Pay:

  • Year 1: $227,000
  • Year 5: $257,000
  • Year 15: $280,000

Where are FedEx Bases?

  • Los Angeles, CA: LAX
  • Memphis, TN: MEM
  • Anchorage, AK: ANC
  • Cologne, Germany: CGN
  • Hong Kong: HKG
  • Indianapolis, IN: IND
FedEx jet in the air

What airplanes are in the FedEx Fleet?

  • Boeing 757-200
  • Boeing 767-300 (find out how fast this plane flies)
  • Boeing 777F
  • Airbus A300
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-10
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-11

What are the Minimum Qualifications for FedEx pilots?

Regulatory Requirements:

  • Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate
  • Current First Class Medical Certificate
  • Radiotelephone Operator’s Permit
  • Secure Identification Display Area (SIDA) Badge eligibility
  • Successful completion of pre-employment drug test
  • Successful completion of Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA) evaluation
  • 1500 hours fixed wing flight time

FedEx Pilot Job Requirements:

  • 1500 hours fixed wing flight time (1000 hours PIC in jet aircraft is preferred; multi-engine turbo-prop aircraft, 12,500 pounds or greater; certain single engine turbo-prop aircraft, or combination of these).
  • 500 PIC required
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
FedEx Pilot Salary Chart

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How to Become a FedEx Pilot

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7 responses to “FedEx Pilot Salary – How to Become a FedEx Pilot”

  1. D Bubb

    Together with meeting the minimum flight requirements like 1500hrs, 1000 PIC on jet. Does the type of jet you acquire those hrs on matter? I’m flying 604/605’s. Would these hrs be considered quality, enough for my CV to be looked at?

  2. M Kazee

    What is the best career path to get a job with FedEx as a First Officer? I am currently working as a commercial pilot. Does it help to accept a job with a cargo operation?

    Thanks for any insight you can give!

    1. Brian Brassaw

      The biggest thing is going to be flight hours and what type of aircraft you’re flying. Accepting a job with a cargo operation certainly wouldn’t hurt but you also need 500 hours of PIC time and 1,000 hours of jet time to get to FedEx so you’ll want to do what you can to get those. The flight hours are more important than the type of flying you’re doing.

    2. Gabriel

      Obviously you’d need to finish and get your ATP and hour requirements.

      A good option might be working with an airline that does have a focus on cargo. Doing so might help you get hours focused towards what FedEx wants.

      In the end the best option would probably be to reach out to a FedEx recruiter and speak with them about opportunities and what they look for in a candidate.

  3. Aaliyah Clemons

    What is the best degree to get? I am a biochemistry major, will this work?

    1. Brian Brassaw

      You can get just about any degree you’d like. We recommend pursuing something you enjoy that could work as a backup in the event you can’t fly your entire life.

  4. William koleno

    More than enough flight experience need atp

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