AirComp Calculator (TM)


Welcome to a new era in aviation compensation analysis! Version 3!


Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?

  • You’re an aviation manager who wants to ensure your team members are paid fairly;
  • You’re an account manager in an aircraft management company who wants to provide your clients with accurate recommendations about personnel compensation levels;
  • You’re an aviation professional who is trying to find real-time information on trends in business aviation compensation; or
  • You’re a recruiter trying to fill an aviation position, but you need to attach appropriate compensation to the position description.

Until now, you might have found a compensation survey and pulled numbers from it you thought were accurate. Or, you might have contacted your HR compensation professionals and asked them for assistance, only to find out they knew less about aviation compensation than you did. You needed something more. You needed an expert in aviation compensation, available at your command, with information that was data-driven and up to date. The AirComp Calculator is the answer. It is your 24/7/365 aviation compensation advisor.

About the Creator

AirComp Calculator was created by Dr. Chris Broyhill, one of the industry’s most respected authorities on business aviation compensation. An industry veteran with over 38 years of experience, Dr. Broyhill has led several scientific research projects concerning personnel retention, compensation, and leadership on behalf of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) since 2017. He has spoken on those subjects at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibit (BACE), the NBAA Leadership Conference, and smaller, regional venues. Dr. Broyhill sits on the NBAA’s Business Aviation Management Committee and acts in an advisory capacity for the collection and analysis of compensation data for the NBAA’s Compensation Survey. His research and expertise on the subjects of retention and compensation have led to his engagement to perform compensation analyses for over 30 business aviation operators, including an OEM and a leading aircraft management company, as well as several Fortune 500 flight departments.  

Limitations of Using Survey Data Alone

All compensation surveys are not created equal. Some surveys, like those available through pilot networking or recruiting websites, may not be statistically valid. For a survey instrument to possess validity and reliability, the two hallmarks of statistical data collection and analysis, it needs to be created and administered by professionals who are knowledgeable in the field of statistics. Furthermore, to avoid bias in the data input, compensation data should not be entered by those in the positions being analyzed, but by those who are disinterested third parties, such as human relations or compensation professionals. There are only a few surveys where both of these conditions are satisfied – and those are the only surveys the AirComp Calculator uses.

But even with a valid survey, what number do you select? Do you merely consider the average compensation for a position, or do you use the number from the applicable class of aircraft? And how do regional corrections apply to the data? Moreover, since survey data is typically at least six months old by the time the survey is published, how do you age the data into the present? Finally, how do you avoid the appearance of “cherry-picking” numbers out of surveys that might support one side of the compensation discussion better than the other?

The AirComp Calculator Methodology

Through his years of compensation analysis, Dr. Broyhill has developed a proprietary methodology that uses multiple validated aviation compensation surveys along with data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The AirComp Calculator uses an extensive database that is powered by this proprietary methodology. Rather than focusing on specific numbers, the database provides a range of compensation at the average, 50th, 75th, and 90th percentile levels. The ranges are generated by the minimum and maximum values that result when survey data is aged into the present and regionalized using both internal trends and data from the BLS. The appropriate compensation value lies inside the generated range for the applicable level. Additionally, The AirComp Calculator provides the compa-ratio statistic with each range. Compa-ratio is the ratio of current/input compensation to the midpoint of each range. It is a value often used or referenced by HR compensation personnel when analyzing levels of employee compensation. 

Criteria for Analysis

The AirComp Calculator offers multiple criteria selections to fine-tune the analysis. It can analyze compensation based on position, jet class, and geographic region. 

  • Captain
  • Chief Pilot
  • Director/Aviation Manager (Flying)
  • Director/Aviation Manager (Non-Flying)
  • Director of Maintenance
  • First Officer
  • Flight Attendant
  • Flight Coordinator / Office Manager
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Mx Asst/Line Service Tech New!
  • Scheduler
  • Senior Captain
  • Senior Flight Attendant

Note: Additional positions can be added based on subscriber demand.

Jet Class
  • Jet Class I – Light Jets / Turboprops
  • Jet Class II – Medium Jets
  • Jet Class III – Super Midsize Jets or Mission Capable Medium Jets
  • Jet Class IV – Large Jets or Mission Capable Super Midsize Jets
  • Jet Class V – Heavy / Ultra-long-range Jets
  • All Jet Average
Geographic Region
  • National Average
  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Charlotte 
  • Chicago
  • Columbus New!
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Denver
  • Detroit 
  • Houston
  • Louisville 
  • Los Angeles
  • Milwaukee 
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Portland New!
  • San Diego New!
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • South Florida
  • Washington, D.C.

Note: Additional regions are planned with future updates to the database.

Watch the Demonstration

Click here to see the Calculator in action!

As you can see from the demonstration, each query creates an onscreen report and a downloadable pdf, each with Dr. Broyhill’s guarantee that the data displayed is current and accurate. This report isn’t based on opinion or interpretation. It’s data-driven and scientifically-derived, the result of a proprietary process that has been demonstrated to and accepted by HR compensation professionals all over the country.

Report Generation and Retention

All user queries are stored within the system on our secure server. Pdf reports can be generated for each/all queries within specific date ranges. 

Subscription Levels

How much analysis do you need? Each time you analyze a particular position, you a query of the database. The subscription levels are priced based on the number of queries you need and have a one-year minimum term. A good rule of thumb is to purchase twice as many queries as you have personnel in your organization, thus allowing the capacity to do two analyzes on each person per year. Here are the levels and pricing:

  • Level I
    • Monthly Plan: 2 Queries / Month = $100/Month for 12 months
    • Yearly Plan: Instant access to 24 queries = $1,000 one-time payment
  • Level II
    • Monthly Plan: 5 Queries / Month = $200/Month for 12 months
    • Yearly Plan: Instant access to 60 queries = $2,100 one-time payment
  • Level III
    • Monthly Plan: 10 Queries / Month = $325/Month for 12 months
    • Yearly Plan: Instant access to 120 queries = $3,500 one-time payment
  • Level IV
    • Monthly Plan: 15 Queries / Month = $425/Month for 12 months
    • Yearly Plan: Instant access to 180 queries = $4,600 one-time payment
  • Level V
    • Monthly Plan: 20 Queries / Month for $500/Month for 12 months
    • Yearly Plan: Instant access to 240 queries = $5,300 one-time payment
  • Level VI
    • Monthly Plan: 25 Queries / Month for $550/Month
    • Yearly Plan: Instant access to 300 queries = $5,800 one-time payment

Subscriptions renew annually unless canceled. For monthly plans, unused queries roll over to subsequent months. For yearly plans, unused queries will be rolled over to subsequent year(s) if the subscription is renewed. Custom access/pricing plans with single or multiple users available on request. 

Data Currency and Database Upgrades

The AirComp Calculator database is a living document. It will be updated quarterly to ensure the data are properly aged. When survey data changes, the database will be completely overhauled. As additional positions and locations become available, they will be included in the purchased subscription rate at no additional charge. On at least a quarterly basis, subscribers will receive an email that will list and describe updates and upgrades to the database.

Future Enhancements

We will continue to improve and enhance the functionality of the AirComp Calculator. Future planned enhancements include:

  • Twin turbine helicopter compensation for the Captain position
  • Airline career map – a calculator that will graph airline compensation over time
  • Airline vs business aviation compensation graph –  a chart that will overlay business aviation compensation and airline compensation to provide a visual depiction of the differences between the two

Subscribe now!

Click here to open an order form where you can select your desired subscription level. You will receive a return email with an invoice. Once the invoice has been paid via credit card, ACH transfer, or paper check, you will be provided a link to the AirComp Calculator that will be preloaded with the number queries you purchased.  


Do you have additional questions or want to schedule a personal demonstration? Click here to send Dr. Broyhill an email.