How Much Money Does a Professional Drone Pilot Make?

How Much Money Does a Professional Drone Pilot Make?

In this video, we’ll answer one of the most common questions we get — how much money does a professional drone pilot actually make, and how can I go about finding my own paying clients?

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0:00​ B-Roll Footage & Introduction
0:38​ What kind of work are drone pilots hired to do?
1:04​ How should I position myself as a drone pilot?
2:30​ How much can drone pilots actually make?
3:45​ Greg’s background and thoughts about pricing & packaging
4:43​ How can I find drone pilot jobs?
9:54 Where to put your drone registration number?

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  1. gkpgeo on April 14, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Have u crashed any time?

  2. Azarya Matiyas on April 14, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    Hi 👋. I am interested to become in Drone service/repair technician. Were can I take a training. Please help me. Thanks 🙏

  3. Captain Cook on April 14, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    $500-$1200 sounds accurate for day rate.

  4. hbmhenderson on April 14, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    Very intriguing. As someone seriously considering this as a career which type of drone should I be looking to buy?

  5. Drone PilotDaddy on April 14, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Very helpful video!

  6. Daniel Monan on April 14, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Great information thanks a lot,no messing around just straight to the point and easy to take in

  7. Skellig Ring Photography Workshops on April 14, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    My pricing often depends on what the client can afford, and (sometimes) what they expect to pay, although, this is frequently much lower than I want to charge. If the client is offering me the opportunity to retain copyright (and thus have further use) of photos or video of unusual subject matter, I may agree on a low fee. For example, I recently did a video job for free and resulting still images of a normally inaccessible location are selling to magazines for around $500 per use. On the other hand, I have an upcoming job that will pay $2000 for 3 videos, that should take 4 days to complete – one day shooting and 3 days post processing.

  8. Indiana Aerials on April 14, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    This was a little disappointing for content. It simply referenced a couple of basic estimates. Most "Jobs" I’ve seen are around or barely $40k, I’ve seen postings for under $20/hr for a certified remote pilot. Going the freelance route can be difficult and stressful. If your not good at sales and marketing it’s tough depending on your market. I’ve been exhausting myself for 4 years now and am averaging about $35k before expenses. When your freelance all of your expenses (Vehicle & Travel, Drones, Camera’s, Batteries, Chargers, Computers, Hard drives, Insurance, etc) Come directly out of this revenue.

  9. Wawonas on April 14, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Why isn’t ur video captioned?

  10. Embeded Fabrication on April 14, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    can’t be much, I’ll fly a real estate video for 25 bucks.

  11. brandon garrison on April 14, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    This really helps I gonna look into it

  12. Famau Media on April 14, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Greg! I had no idea about this channel, sick work man. Just passed my A2 CofC (UK) this week, hoping to work on the GVC after the summer wedding rush is over, definitely a route I’m looking to dig into further. Made some great contacts already in different UAV sectors here, it’s looking good going forward 👌
    Hope your little family’s doing well! Keep at it dude 👊

  13. Goldenstandard on April 14, 2022 at 6:05 pm


  14. TealTree on April 14, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Is the ari 2 from mavic a good drone to start with?

  15. Cryptojerry on April 14, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    I’m between 300 400 per day

  16. The lord lol on April 14, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    Do you recommend working with a company first to get some experience then have my own thing!!

  17. Ty Husak on April 14, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Great video. Thanks for the info and concise presentation. I’m retired but do freelance drone work, as well. I occasionally do a job for free, such as a recent celebration of life for a veteran. I have done some real estate work and am doing regular video and still image packages for a construction site. I charge $100 per hour with a one hour minimum. Generally, I can deliver a 5 to 15 minute post processed video plus stills on the construction site for the $100 minimum which meets the clients needs. I also do occasional event videos (non-aerial) and still photography, but base my rates for those on an hourly or package rate depending on circumstances and generally much less than drone rates. As one of the other commenters mentioned any updated info on best insurance (especially per job) would be helpful.

  18. Sanket Ranadive on April 14, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Great content! Any Indian youtuber making same informative content as per Indian market? Please share the link

  19. Shantel Nubia on April 14, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    ☀ The Future ☀

  20. Yoshi's Vlog on April 14, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    great video! I am a Japanese who studied GIS in the US and now is trying to be a drone pilot in Japan. The interesting thing is that Japan doesnt require you to have any certification or license as of now, but I heard starting next year, the gov is gonna implement a new regulation and I think I have to study and be certified

  21. Zach Buttars on April 14, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Anyone in this comment section a drone pilot full time?

  22. Abdelrahman awaad on April 14, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    You did not mention shutterstock !?

  23. mark sperring on April 14, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Very helpful. This is the second video of yours I’ve watched and you have a knack for making things less complicated in my head. I’m wondering if you could do a video on getting insurance. Types, general costs what you should get coverage for.

  24. Martin Bakunawa on April 14, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Spot on as always Greg. Great work! I am closely following your work now and thank you for your content.

  25. Livus360 Visuals on April 14, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    great video, thanks. I’m a new pilot starting, and this helps. New Sub here !

  26. Bobster986 on April 14, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    You forgot to mention weddings. LOLOLOL …this is BS.

  27. Derek Smith on April 14, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks for the video. I am planning to incorporate drone roof inspections into my home inspection business. I will be purchasing your course.

  28. Stillsix Studios on April 14, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Curious what everyone’s experience has been with jobs/projects for construction/site monitoring? I’m assuming most of these jobs are just a few hours before or end of the day to capture & review the construction work completed and you’re not on site everyday for multiple days for a full day of work. Is that a safe assumption?

  29. Evan S on April 14, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Helpful video! Thank you! I Am in the process of finding clients. Today, I just found drone base so I’m thinking of signing up for that in the mean time. Any suggestions?

  30. Goldenstandard on April 14, 2022 at 6:20 pm


  31. Subhadeep Ghosh on April 14, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Which US aircraft companies provide opportunities to foreign students for Drone pilot job or UAS?

  32. Zeek M on April 14, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    If you’re getting paid for anything the IRS is going to audit you.
    If you’re getting paid for flying a drone you’ll be investigated by the Alphabet peopole.
    If you’re seen doing anything such as create an independent franchise, You’ll be sued.
    The earth is a different place now where everyone has to fight to survive. I know you don’t believe me yet you will.

  33. Trueblue2053 on April 14, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Very informative.thanks for your time…. I’m working towards that dji mini2 lol

  34. Roy Hatter on April 14, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    You are spot on with your pricing ,

  35. Rafael Estrada Moncada on April 14, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you I’m also studying!

  36. RGeno on April 14, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks for the video..very helpful. What software do you use to edit clips? And what’s the price on the liability insurance?

  37. CT Landscape & Maintenance Solutions on April 14, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    ya 80 grand my phone is ringing off the hook everyone wants me take pics and videos i bet ill make 100 grand

  38. Chris Jones on April 14, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Drone pilot needed near Columbus Ohio $300 hour plus incentives

  39. Brian Boone on April 14, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    One thing I did not hear you mention is utility work for UAS. I’ve been a full-time drone pilot for 6 years and I will continue to champion the utility industry (specifically energy) as the most profitable sector.

  40. cayminlast on April 14, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Why do they require little children, playing in their house or garden with a $50 (no camera) drone, to get certified, registered and trained, seems a little heavy handed, don’t you? I’ve watched countless videos on commercial, recreational and the many requirements needed to be ‘legal’, but mostly covering the very expensive and sophisticated machines, even tiny whoop FPV pilots are covered, but never about the ‘toy’ beginner class micro drones.

  41. Bob Jimenez on April 14, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks, that was pretty honest.
    Being a paid drone pilot is probably a better hobby or side job than a full time career.
    Either way I really enjoy flying my drones much more than sky diving or base jumping …… : )
    Maybe cliff diving would be fun too : ()

  42. Goldenstandard on April 14, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    How Do You Get Royalty Free Musik

  43. Sahil on April 14, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    the video was helpful, thank you!

  44. George on April 14, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    I’m flying a dji mini 2 at a similar skill level to the pros at 15 and it only took watching like 45 drone videos on that drone and 20+ hours of flytine

  45. james h. on April 14, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    How mammy outfits this guy chasms in this video lol jk 😜

  46. kurtb8474 on April 14, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you very much for this informative video. I’m 62 and have spent the last 30 years developing my video production skills. I’ve done work in commercial production for a major corporation and I have directed live TV for an NBC affiliate. For the last 10-12 years I’ve hired myself out to do freelance work in whatever I can find locally. I just recently acquired a small drone (my very first) in hopes to develop piloting skills. Is there a way to get some professional training?

  47. Cornelius vanderbilt on April 14, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    who gives a fuck. lol.

  48. Roger Hummel on April 14, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Where is a good place to start in order to get certified as a commercial drone pilot? Do I go to school, is there an online class that i can take, or do I just apply for a license with the FAA?

  49. Carl Demonbrun on April 14, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Considering UAV Degrees are now available in college and universities. Associates, Certificate and Bachelors degree are available. The income should reflect the education as well. Thanks.

  50. Pedro Baptista on April 14, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    I nice video!! I’m looking for options for a side job, and drone footage it’s one of my options… Hey that shirt!! I come last week from vacations in Spain, bent in Empuria Brava 👍 nice!! I bet you have nice footage from there, it’s beautiful!

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