Welcome to a new era in aviation compensation analysis! Version 5!
The AirComp Calculator is business aviation’s only online compensation analysis system. It can provide precise compensation ranges for 14 business aviation positions in six aircraft classes at 21 locations throughout the United States in seconds.
About the Creator
The 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. His research and expertise on the subjects of retention and compensation have led to his engagement to perform compensation analyses for nearly 40 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
The AirComp Calculator uses Dr. Broyhill’s proprietary methodology that includes validated aviation compensation surveys and data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The survey data is aged into the present and regionalized using internal survey trends and data from the BLS. The Calculator generates onscreen and pdf output that features:
- Market compensation ranges for base salary, total cash compensation, and total compensation at the average, 50th, 75th, and 90th percentile levels;
- Computation of compa-ratio (ratio of current compensation to range midpoint) for all ranges;
- 401K matching comparison as an element of total cash compensation;
- Comparison of total compensation as a function of benefits load; and
- Observations and recommendations regarding the relationship between input compensation and system-generated ranges.
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.
- 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
- Senior Captain
- Senior Flight Attendant
Note: Additional positions can be added based on subscriber demand.
- Helicopters (Captain Position Only)
- Jet Class I – Light Jets / Turboprops
- Jet Class II – Medium Jets and Super Midsize Jets
- Jet Class III – Large Jets or Mission Capable Super Midsize Jets
- Jet Class IV – Heavy / Ultra-long-range Jets
- Jet Class V – Premium Heavy / Ultra-long-range Jets
- All Jet Average
- National Average
- Dallas-Fort Worth
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- South Florida
- Washington, D.C.
Note: Additional regions will be added per subscriber demand.
Watch the Demonstration
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, resulting from a proprietary process that has been demonstrated to and accepted by executives, HR compensation professionals, and aviation managers 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.
Multiple subscription levels are available depending on the needs of the organization. For organizations or individuals that only want a few looks at the data per year, single ad-hoc reports and multiple report packages are available. For most organizations, Dr. Broyhill recommends purchasing a subscription level that will allow at least two queries per person per year to support both mid-year and year-end reviews. The purchase of additional queries beyond two per person will allow the organization to follow aviation compensation trends in real-time as they change quarterly.
- Ad-hoc Reports
- Organization size: less than 5 personnel
- Single report: $200
- Package of two reports: $375
- Package of three reports: $550
- Package of four reports: $725
- Level I Subscription
- Organization size: 5 – 15 personnel
- Queries provided: 20
- Price: $1,250
- Level II Subscription
- Organization size: 16-25 personnel
- Queries provided: 45
- Price: $2,595
- Level III Subscription
- Organization size: 26 – 45 personnel
- Queries provided: 80
- Price: $4,250
For larger organizations, custom access/pricing plans with single or multiple users are available on request. Subscriptions renew annually unless canceled. Unused queries will be rolled over to subsequent year(s) if the subscription is renewed.
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.
We will continue to improve and enhance the functionality of the AirComp Calculator. Future planned enhancements include:
- Airline career map – a calculator that will graph airline compensation over time
- Airline versus 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
If you want to order ad-hoc reports, click here to open an order form. If you want to order a subscription, click here. 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 emailed your reports or provided a link to the AirComp Calculator that will be preloaded with the number queries you purchased.