How To Charge For Drone Services – In 2022

How To Charge For Drone Services – In 2022

One of the most common questions that I always get over the last few years as a commercial drone pilot is, what to charge for drone services. We cover 3 main topics about how to charge for your drone services. Check this video out to learn more!

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00:00 Intro
00:52 (Overview) 7 Considerations for service pricing
01:12 1/7 Training & Certifications
02:37 2/7 Drone Equipment
04:50 3/7 Client Type
07:02 4/7 Deliverables
07:22 5/7 Software
08:09 6/7 Drone Insurance
08:32 7/7 Travel & Expenses
09:03 Pricing your services
09:10 Hourly Rate Pricing
11:03 Day Rate Pricing
11:55 Project Type Pricing
12:46 Custom Quote Pricing
12:57 Deliverable Type Pricing
14:11 How do I charge for drone services
16:11 Big NO’s of Drone Service Pricing
18:48 Outro


  1. Caleb Panera on July 23, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Would you suggest using a dji mini 3 pro

  2. Yarz on July 23, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Great video. I’ve got one complaint though.

    The drones standing literally on the edge of the swimming pool give me heavy anxiety lol.

  3. What's Next on July 23, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Hello, GREAT VIDEO! Would it be good to get started with the DJI Air 2S? I know that it has really good visual quality. Thanks!

  4. Brendon Gebhardt on July 23, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    I’m a true beginner and you are one of the first videos I came across to get me interested in diving into the industry. I’m starting low with my DJI Mavic Air 2 coming in 2 days now. I have a prospective redeveloping mall I want to pitch site mapping for that will be between 65-100 acres. In this situation, as well as any scale smaller, what pricing format would you recommend to start out with? I know you talked about hourly, daily, job type and ect but no mention on per acre. I’m just not sure if that scale job would apply to the price bracket you provided. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated! This would potentially be a job that would go on for the next 3 years too, to keep that in perspective.

  5. SVIBRSTV on July 23, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Good Job Dylan! You laid out a very thorough and practical approach to understanding the market for drone services. You hit some areas I did not think about, which generated some new ideas I might want to pursue as well. Thanks for the information! Subscribed!

  6. Reese Dheming on July 23, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Is there a Discord you run to get to know the community a little better?

  7. E. Matthews on July 23, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Dylan, thanks for this information, it is very helpful. I’ve been bootstrapping my drone business while working my F/T job, which I also love. So, I know the value added by grinding out the work as well as the challenge of working around my F/T job. I 100% agree with the huge problem of the race toward the bottom most often fed by the Christmas droners (got a drone for Christmas, passed the Part107, got no experience, but legal to work). I’ll probably get some flack so I’ll acknowledge that everyone has to start somewhere.
    Anyways, I’m looking to niche my offerings, and I’ve started by enhancing my professional training, certifications, etc. There are a ton of free certifications commercial drone pilots should consider, including FEMA.

    Thanks again for your message!

  8. Noah Kincer on July 23, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    As a licensed private pilot do I need to take the part 107 test with the FAA still?

  9. ForTheLoveOfMusicAndPeople on July 23, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    It’s going to cost some thousands in training and certification and maybe 10000 in a drone and I have no clue if I will find a customer

  10. Jake Hancock on July 23, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    So i am pretty interested in this work, but I am curious how you approach your potential customer base? and what that process looks like.
    would love to talk. thanks!

  11. CANCER BASS on July 23, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Hi, do you think i should buy a phantom 4 pro v1 or an air2s , for drone business such as uav mapping, property footage and inspection

  12. Juan Lujano on July 23, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing all these tips!

  13. Nils Jakobson on July 23, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Tells beginners do not undercut and then 30 secs later says he did exactly that to get into market. WTF

  14. Brad.9999 on July 23, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    How do you start to do something like this? Do you start a website, and hope for the best, or is there another way? (Real-estate)

  15. Nicholas Diaz on July 23, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Great video, thank you!

  16. rick racine on July 23, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    THX for that info im think of doing some light, small commercial work with my drone , i have much to learn and i see your a real expect on that , im in Canada and im thinking of doing that as a hobby really maybe make a couple extra bucks , give you heads up we actually chatted on your prior vid and you ask about if the test is exclusive only to Canadians ,i responded and hope that was informative ,have a great day

  17. Eugene Sapp on July 23, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Cocky, bottom of the barrel YT channel

  18. OLCtv on July 23, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    This man just said 1500 drone is cheap😐😐😐😐

  19. Paul Wellington on July 23, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for the advice very informative.

  20. Jonathan Savage on July 23, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    What can I do with the dji fpv drone?

  21. Zik Chil on July 23, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Great vid. I notice some hesitation at times from some people in the industry with regard to discussing "how much". It’s like they are trying to not divulge some company secret but it leaves new pilots hanging, setting them up for ridicule. I tell new pilots the same thing about residential real estate, and I still use that as a buffer for down time and keep my flight log populated. Cheers!

  22. Emir Hrustanovic on July 23, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    I think you’re the man!! Recently been thinking of going off on my own and doing something. Watched a bunch of your videos, I just fly recreationally rn… but I still I just want to say thank you. I think this is the video I needed to see.

  23. Pedro Paulo dos reis on July 23, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing this information! Very much appreciated. Which drone you recommend for starting on mapping?

  24. johnathon franco on July 23, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Well rounded video. I appreciate your ethics.

  25. Filimit Productions on July 23, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Hi Dylan. Could you do a video on deliverables. Thanks

  26. Mataio Chock on July 23, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you, Dylan for this treasure trove of information. I currently have the mini 2 and Mavic pro 2S and recently started an llc for drone service/photography. Today I purchased the p4p Version @, and will receive by the end of this coming week. Very Excited to be moving forward in this industry.
    The information that you provided Is to me, equal to gold. Easy to understand and to the point. Very much appreciated. my full time is construction, and I currently already have my OSHA 30, I did not even think of including that certification. I’m a new subscriber. Mahalo Piha (thank You), Sir.
    A plethora of information!

  27. Cara Du on July 23, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    The editing 🤣

  28. MANOLO THE 1 on July 23, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks 🙏 for the info I am a 107 pilot in the New York area 2 years flighting as a comercial pilot I will love to work whit you guys if you need some one in the New York area I am your man I am looking for a second job keep up the good work

  29. Roger Thompson on July 23, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    thanks for your video, will watch more of yours soon / SUBSCRIBED! I have a Mavic 3 on order ( I didnt want to buy in to older tech and wanted the dual lens), Im a photographer/videographer looking to expand my income if possible in Melbourne Australia. Thanks, and hoping mapping will come the M3 soon!??

  30. John King on July 23, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Great job on this .

  31. Caleb Panera on July 23, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    I’m trying to get in into real estate photography and thinking about a dji mini 3 pro, do you think this would be a good choice for under $1500? If not do you have any suggestions?

  32. Ernesto Perez on July 23, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Do you do consulting?

  33. Christian Gbl on July 23, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Hey Dylan, thank u for all the information. I have watched all of your videos but I am still not sure how I can start for example at drone deploy. Do I need to do an application or something similar? Or have I just to signed up on the website and can see assignments in my area? How do I know it would be profitable in my region? A step by step tutorial would be nice! Thank you!

  34. Anastasia Nolan on July 23, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    I’ve been watching a few of your videos today and want to say thank you, I’ve found them quite informative.
    I’m new to the drone community, I work for a surveying and mapping company and recently got my part 107. For the company, I’ve had the opportunity to fly a Phantom 4, a Matrice 210 and a WingtraONE gen 2. Our main application for the drone work is basic topography, but you’ve given me some insight to opportunities we’re missing out on as far as what we could be using it for on some of our construction sites.
    My next step though is hoping to create a side business with drones. I’m still trying to narrow down on a niche. Real estate has been my first thought, but doesn’t hold a lot of interest for me. What you’re doing in commercial real estate seems to resonate with me and my more long term goals(I have a background in heavy equipment/land development and intend to build a business in that scope in the further out future). I’m taking a beginners CAD course in the fall, and I have access to some of the processing software you’ve mentioned(pix4d in particular). Is there any courses or training you would suggest to help me get more focused and trained in that particular niche before diving in and trying to bankroll a side business of my own?

  35. My Maui on July 23, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks for the great video Dylan! I have clients wants a live video an area with pin of area that have problems. what is the best way?

  36. Drone The World 4K on July 23, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    How about fir simply shooting weddings and events ?…

  37. jalabi99 on July 23, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    This channel deserves more subscribers. So I just subscribed 😀

  38. GeekyTechyCool on July 23, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    So much good information here, thank you Dylan for a great video.

    Question for you. I have a DJI Mini 2 now, was my first drone and it got me addicted to flying but I know it’s not up to the task for "real" drone work.

    Now that I have my part 107 what drone do you recommend as a next purchase to open the door into the drone industry?

  39. Bob Oso on July 23, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    This is a great video. Very clear, straight forward and most of all informative and honest.

  40. Matt Morrissey on July 23, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Just an FYI commercial "DRONE" pilot would be a better phraseology, anyone working in the aviation industry should be using the right terms. Not trying to be rude, but those of us with a Commercial "Pilots" License has worked very hard for that and just passing the part 107 doesn’t make you a commercial "Pilot" just drones. again just trying to "Educate" you.

  41. Shaun Chapman on July 23, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Really great breakdown on the billing part of your business. This info is valuable for the newcomers like me. Maybe I shouldn’t be skeptical but the last bit about being a family is pushing it a bit in my opinion. Business is always dollars over companionship in my experience. I’m looking forward to learning more from your videos, thanks.

  42. Beyond The Lens Photography on July 23, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Great stuff! I am just getting started in Drone Inspections, just got my Thermography level 1. More training coming.

  43. Walter Diaz on July 23, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Sir the dji mini 3 pro just came out and looks promising what’s your thoughts on it ?

  44. Quick facts tamil on July 23, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Bro… I own a mini 3 pro… What are all the things can i learn to get started with this field?

  45. Larry Wiezycki on July 23, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Is anyone else just waiting for him to bump the Inspire right into the pool?

  46. JC Media on July 23, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    How about the filming industry? Use of drones for movies, commercials, etc.

  47. Kenny Foster Gaming on July 23, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    could you make a video on the types of certifications you can get for specific fields with drones. Or if you have one already, can I get the link to that please.

  48. Mac Expert on July 23, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    $150 for a real estate jobs…. Start car drive back and fort for an hour, fly for one hour, and spend at least an hour processing images…… not worth it.

  49. Thomas Heisler Enhanced 3D Wizard on July 23, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    i am amazed of your video’s, and i really need a noob to expert lesson plan, but i dont get alot of money, but i am super willing

  50. Marshall Rimmer on July 23, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Incredible insight. Thank you.

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