How Much An Air Canada Pilot Makes In Salary

(Last Updated On: December 6, 2019)

Air Canada is the flag carrier and the largest airline of Canada by fleet size and passengers carried. It provides scheduled and charter air transport for passengers and cargo to 207 destinations worldwide. It is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec but its largest hub is at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The mainline fleet consists of Airbus A220, A319, A320, A21. A330, Boeing 737, 767, 777, 787 and the Embraer 190. The Airbus A320-200 makes up the vast majority of its fleet.

Pilots at Air Canada starts their careers by receiving a starting wage of around CA$50,000 and are also entitled to a CA$10,000 signing bonus. By the fourth year, the pilot will make around $62,000 annually. An Air Canada Boeing 777 captain with 12 years experience is expected to earn nearly $300,000 a year. In terms of hourly rates, a captain with 12 years experience who flies an Airbus A330 makes $269 per flight hour while the flight officer of similar experience makes $174 per flight hour. Their per diem pay varies depending on the layover city.

Pilot Pay Based On Aircraft Size (Over 12 Year Experience)


Captain: $175

First Officer:$119

Boeing 777

Captain: $298

First Officer:$190

Airbus A330

Captain: $269

First Officer: $174

In order qualify to be a pilot for Air Canada one needs to fulfill the following requirements:

  • 1,000 hours of fixed wing flying time
  • Pass the Air Canada and Transport Canada medical and visual acuity requirement for a category 1 medical certificate
  • Canadian CPL, current intrument rating and multi engine endorsement
  • Canadian citizenship or landed immigration status.