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Drone Pilots

Earnings

Starting salaries for drone pilots range from $50,000 to $60,000, although those who work for military contractors who are deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and other countries where the U.S. is currently fighting terrorism have higher earnings (in the $125,000 to $150,000 range). Contractors may receive additional compensation if they are deployed overseas. Unmanned vehicle operations specialists who serve in the U.S. military earn average salaries of $53,582, according to TodaysMilitary.com. 

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