Drone pilots have seen their incomes increase to similar levels as commercial pilots as industry innovation and regulation continues.
According to new figures from the National Careers Service, commercial and drone pilots now have the potential to earn up to £65,000 a year.
The same service notes that commercial airline pilots earn between £20,000 and £140,000.
The increase can be attributed to the huge growth in use cases for drones within commercial sectors.
With everyone from emergency services to construction businesses putting drones to use, more pilots are needed and with increased regulation and further education required, drone pilots are becoming specialist.
Commenting on the salary increase, iRed managing director, Ray Faulkner, said: “The speed at which drone piloting has become a career has been incredible. We are constantly finding new sectors that can benefit from the use of drones, often allied with our various cameras and remote sensing equipment.
“It is a job with great responsibility and pilots have to operate within the law, but there are more and more opportunities becoming available for those with the skills.”