Agricultural pilot - Salary and Career
Commercial Aviation Pilots, Flight Mechanics

Agricultural pilot - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They operate small aircraft for the transport of passengers or cargo or in the performance of specialized services, such as: agricultural spraying, aerial photogrammetry, aerial advertising, launching parachutists and others, handling general systems and commands, applying air traffic rules and procedures for safety. They plan flight activities, inspect aircraft on the ground, externally and internally, contact control agencies and other aircraft, seeking information about meteorology, air traffic, situations at airports, and fill in on-board documentation. They can act in firefighting, rescue, rescue operations and train new students or pilots in specific aircraft.

How much does an Agricultural pilot earn

A Agricultural pilot earns between $2.275 and $9.253 per month, with an average monthly salary of $3.793 and a median salary of $2.815 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 1.178 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Agricultural pilot

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 3.793 45.514 948 18
1º Quartile 2.275 27.304 569 11
Median Salary 2.815 33.782 704 13
3º Quartile 7.056 84.677 1.764 34
Higher Salary 9.253 111.032 2.313 44


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium level technicians in transport services
      • technicians in air, sea and river navigation
        • commercial aviation pilots, flight mechanics

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Main workplaces

Commercial Aviation Pilots, Flight Mechanics they work in air transport companies, inside aircraft, at irregular hours. Flight mechanics are salaried employees, with registration in the portfolio, the other occupations are performed by self-employed professionals. They work under pressure and uncomfortable positions for long periods. Sometimes with exposure to toxic material, radiation, intense noise and also ear damage, viral contamination and gravity acceleration.


What does it take to work in the field of Commercial Aviation Pilots, Flight Mechanics

These occupations are performed by self-employed professionals with specific qualifications, in the areas in which they are working. Intermediate level training is required, plus vocational courses, with a minimum duration of two hundred class hours as private helicopter pilots. To pursue a career as a commercial pilot, they must take another course of more than two hundred class hours, taught at aviation schools. After completing the courses, professionals are qualified by the Civil Aviation Department (DAC), which grants them licenses to work in the area. Pilots can assume different roles within the aircraft, such as commander or co-pilot. Flight mechanics, on the other hand, must have technical training in mechanics, with specialization in aircraft. They are assistants to the commanders and operate the aircraft's internal systems, under constant supervision. In modern airplanes, with automatic controls, there is no need for these professionals, being an occupation in extinction. Agricultural pilots typically work five months a year, spraying is a seasonal activity. All these professionals are exposed to radiation, intense noise, subject to ear damage, cataracts and viral contamination.


Functions and activities of Agricultural pilot

Commercial Aviation Pilots, Flight Mechanics must:

  • draw operational plan;
  • interpret air traffic rules;
  • communicate;
  • operating aircraft;
  • act on emergency and abnormal situations;
  • inspect aircraft and equipment;
  • acting in emergency and abnormal situations;
  • draft operational plan;
  • trace operational plan;
  • perform specialized services;
  • report;
  • work safely;
  • act on emergency and abnormality;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • act in emergency situations and abnormalities;
  • operate aircraft;
  • act in emergency and abnormal situations;
  • acting in emergency situations and abnormalities;

  • Activities

    • calculate number of flights for spraying;
    • monitor height and application ranges by gps (global position system) and or flag;
    • obtain landing site authorization;
    • interpret charts and maps;
    • supervise maintenance services and purchase of components;
    • demonstrate self-control;
    • plan route and flight level (altitude);
    • apply instrument flight rules;
    • manage stress;
    • release (release) advertising banner;
    • determine engine powers according to tables;
    • spatial orientation;
    • demonstrate use of emergency equipment;
    • fishing (hook) advertising banner;
    • examine cargo lashing;
    • identify the abnormality or emergency;
    • follow instructions from air traffic control agencies;
    • fighting fire;
    • check emergency and safety equipment;
    • manage procedures;
    • proceed with departure and taxi;
    • disable predicted systems;
    • land aircraft;
    • operate agricultural spraying system;
    • launch paratroopers;
    • adjust engine power;
    • control powers and speeds according to flight phases;
    • submit to the revalidation of physical capacity, technical qualification and vaccines exams;
    • handle portable oxygen bottles;
    • controlling powers and speeds according to flight phases;
    • take off aircraft;
    • drop (drop) cargo and/or fuel;
    • check the execution of actions by other crew members and ground auxiliaries;
    • operate cruise;
    • shut down engines;
    • schedule preventive, periodic and corrective maintenance;
    • monitor systems that make up the aircraft;
    • participate in safety training;
    • perform external inspection of the aircraft;
    • communicate by signals;
    • show patience;
    • perform abandonment procedures;
    • submit the revalidation of physical capacity, technical qualification and vaccines exams;
    • examine load positioning and distribution;
    • demonstrate leadership;
    • search for fuel supply points;
    • manage lifting winch (external load);
    • flight at low altitude;
    • obtain authorization for landing site;
    • check destination operational conditions and alternatives;
    • communicate an emergency to the control bodies via phone or codes;
    • taxir aircraft;
    • perform hovering;
    • provide de-icing on the aircraft (winter operation);
    • adapt to the diversity of cultures;
    • manage emergency and abnormality procedures as per check list";
    • operate descent;
    • apply visual flight rules;
    • train flight simulator emergency procedures;
    • analyze helipad dimensions;
    • fill in on-board documentation;
    • fight causes of emergency;
    • consult aircraft manuals;
    • check aircraft documentation, manuals and navigation folders;
    • show patience;
    • perform inspection flights on high voltage lines;
    • provide suitability of the aircraft to the type of service;
    • perform check list of each operation phase (check list already prepared);
    • check aircraft operating systems;
    • carry out check list of each phase of the operation (check list already prepared);
    • demonstrate logical reasoning;
    • check the execution of the actions of the other crew and ground auxiliaries;
    • analyze runway conditions (length, surface type, altitude and temperature);
    • perform rescue and rescue operations;
    • activate alternative systems;
    • obtain flight authorization;
    • reset aircraft performance;
    • operate climb;
    • track navigation and fuel consumption;
    • make decisions;
    • monitor authorized route and altitude;
    • handle fire extinguishers;
    • fill out security advisory;
    • express yourself verbally;
    • report incidents to commander or maintenance;
    • examine fuel (quantity, quality and type);
    • communicate the aircraft's operational restrictions to the commander;
    • maintain contact with control agencies and other aircraft;
    • consult depv publications (directory of electronics and flight protection);
    • perform checklist of each operation phase (check list already prepared);
    • take aerial photographs;
    • provide suitability of the aircraft for the type of service;
    • perform stunts;
    • living with differences;
    • wear personal protective equipment;
    • regulating systems that make up the aircraft;
    • proceed to departure and taxi;
    • determine speed and position of;
    • activate ground support;
    • check commissariats (food, beverages, lanterns, pharmacy);
    • recognize application area (agricultural and aerophotogrammetry);
    • check existence and conditions of landing site;
    • check cargo weight;
    • prove motor coordination for handling panels and other commands;
    • work as a team;
    • operate approach;
    • check types of loads and packages on board;
    • prepare flight notification;
    • perform engine, system and instrument checks before takeoff;
    • provide decontamination of the spray system;
    • maintain contact with control bodies and other aircraft;
    • prove to be physically fit;
    • determine maximum takeoff and landing weight;
    • fighting causes of emergency;
    • wear oxygen mask (flight without pressurization, above 10,000 feet);
    • calculate fuel quantity;
    • adapt to different climates and times;
    • show motor coordination for handling panels and other commands;
    • express yourself in a foreign language (english);
    • check weather conditions;


    Sectors that hire Agricultural pilot the most in the job market

    • agricultural pest control and spraying service
    • soybean growing
    • agricultural support activities
    • support activities for forestry production
    • breeding cattle for beef
    • retailer of natural plants and flowers
    • growing herbaceous cotton
    • rice cultivation
    • cultivation of corn
    • retailer of sweets, candies, bonbons and similar




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