MEL Pay

PilotGuy37

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Hi all. I posted this under FBO also. Could anybody tell me what the average pay rate per hour is for a MEL CFI at a local FBO compared to the "larger" schools?
Thanks.
 

pilot602

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There generally isn't any difference outlined between a CFI-ASE, CFI-AME or a CFI-IA. They're all CFIs and would generally make the same pay - assuming you had three people with only one of the ratings respectively. Most folks have all three anyway so ...
 

braidkid

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In some places, yes. In some places, no.

I've seen some places charge $10 more per hour for multi instruction and other places are the same for both.
 

SUSPilot

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In some of those places though, the CFI is paid the same, it is the FBO that gets more money.
 

drumminpilot

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The majority of FBO's around here that I know of(NE Oklahoma/NW Arkansas) pay anywhere from $0-$10/hr more for multi instruction over single instruction. Most freelance instructors I know charge anywhere from $3-$5 an hour more. Instructors at flight schools in NW Arkansas were making 10-15 an hour, while freelance in NE Oklahoma/NW Arkansas are making anywhere from 20-35 an hour.
 

ready2fly

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At our FBO, we charge more for multi-engine instruction, but the instructor makes the same as he/she would in any aircraft.
 

pilot602

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I've also seen rates change on the "level" of instruction. I.E. private -$20/hr, Instrument $25, Commercial $30 ... etc. but the instrcutor still makes the same regardless of the "level."

It really is such a varied thing. I know one airport that pays their instructors three or four different rates based on how many hours they bill in a pay period while the school across the feild pays $10/hr flat.
 

PilotGuy37

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That must vary also because at my local FBO, the instructor sets his price. Of course, when you're the only game in town, you can do that I suppose.
 

ready2fly

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Yeah, we most definitely are not the only game in town. There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-15 FBO's within a 50 mile radius with just about all of them offering flight instruction.
 

cime_sp

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At my place the regular CFI rate is $44 I think the MEI and chief flight instructor get around $50-60.

The CFI's get a graduated rate. The more you work the more you make. 0-20 hours get $14. 20-30 hours get $16 (for the entire time) and >30 gets $18 I think.
 
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