Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

53-2012 Commercial Pilots

Pilot and navigate the flight of small fixed or rotary winged aircraft, primarily for the transport of cargo and passengers. Requires Commercial Rating. Include aircraft instructors with similar certification.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
29,180 4.0 % (4) $73,060 4.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $32,520 $46,330 $65,840 $88,050 $120,550
  (4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 10,340 (8) (8)
Technical and Trade Schools 3,180 (4) $57,880
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,660 (4) $64,950
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 2,060 (4) $63,170
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,340 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 690 (4) $106,130
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 40 (4) $104,180
Spectator Sports 70 (4) $96,250
Scientific Research and Development Services 80 (4) $92,730
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (4) $91,350


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Alaska 590 (4) $74,450 1.900
Montana 280 (4) $56,820 0.657
Louisiana 950 (4) $68,110 0.508
South Dakota 200 (4) $54,100 0.501
Arkansas 550 (4) $68,610 0.480

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Georgia 1,780 (4) $124,390 0.459
Hawaii 260 (4) $108,220 0.448
New York (8) (4) $97,320 (8)
Connecticut 360 (4) $96,390 0.219
New Hampshire 90 (4) $93,750 0.145


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 220 (4) $70,050 2.319
Jonesboro, AR 70 (4) $44,540 1.562
Columbus, OH 1,370 (4) $52,240 1.513
Anchorage, AK 200 (4) $93,130 1.213
Flagstaff, AZ 70 (4) $73,330 1.168

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Honolulu, HI 190 (4) $110,480 0.440
Savannah, GA 160 (4) $108,830 1.082
Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, FL 40 (4) $106,710 0.154
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 150 (4) $105,870 0.292
Cheyenne, WY (8) (4) $105,490 (8)


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010