With giants such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google who are preparing the launch of their drones soon as U.S. law allows them, the wages of drone pilots blazes. Facebook hires aeronautical specialists to the shovel near his headquarters in Menlo Park and Woodland Hills near Los Angeles and trained UAV pilots who were traditionally at Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Atomics and Boeing could well be tempted by the Internet adventure.
An annual salary of $100,000
At the dawn of a new regulation which should liberalize, at least in part, the use of drones in the United States, the drone pilot becomes a sought-after professional. According to the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) 100,000 jobs will be created in the United States during the 10 years following the entry into force of the new regulations. If this figure is correct, the shortage of experienced pilots could well soar proposed salaries. Already, Al Palmer, the Director of the centre of drones of the University of North Dakota says that large employers are already close to $100,000 a year on the table to hire a drone pilot. Finally very reasonable sum if compared to the rates charged in Silicon Valley to hire developers.
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“Drone pilot wanted: Starting salary $100,000”, CNN Money, November 26, 2014
“Facebook Expands Drone Team”, UASVision, November 26, 2014