Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

53-2011 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
68,580 4.6 % (4) $115,300 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $54,980 $80,130 $103,210 $139,330 (5)
  (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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 58,540 14.28 (4) $116,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,010 0.15 (4) $99,640
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,520 6.15 (4) $89,870
Support Activities for Air Transportation 950 0.62 (4) $88,750
Technical and Trade Schools 170 0.11 (4) $81,970

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 58,540 14.28 (4) $116,930
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,520 6.15 (4) $89,870
Support Activities for Air Transportation 950 0.62 (4) $88,750
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,010 0.15 (4) $99,640
Technical and Trade Schools 170 0.11 (4) $81,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 58,540 14.28 (4) $116,930
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 40 (7) (4) $104,090
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,010 0.15 (4) $99,640
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,520 6.15 (4) $89,870
Support Activities for Air Transportation 950 0.62 (4) $88,750


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 7,820 0.78 1.44 (4) $122,660
Illinois 6,320 1.14 2.12 (4) $116,000
California 6,270 0.45 0.83 (4) $117,210
New York 5,380 0.64 1.19 (4) $142,390
Kentucky 3,770 2.20 4.07 (4) $138,670




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 940 3.05 5.65 (4) $94,500
Kentucky 3,770 2.20 4.07 (4) $138,670
Arizona 3,230 1.37 2.53 (4) $113,710
Hawaii 710 1.24 2.30 (4) $122,800
Wyoming 320 1.19 2.20 (4) $48,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 5,380 0.64 1.19 (4) $142,390
Kentucky 3,770 2.20 4.07 (4) $138,670
Hawaii 710 1.24 2.30 (4) $122,800
Texas 7,820 0.78 1.44 (4) $122,660
New Jersey 650 0.17 0.32 (4) $118,420

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 5,780 1.63 3.03 (4) $121,820
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,870 0.98 1.81 (4) $148,960
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,020 1.80 3.33 (4) $113,610
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 2,920 3.51 6.51 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora, CO 2,350 1.98 3.68 (4) $73,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,290 0.60 1.11 (4) $121,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,280 1.00 1.84 (4) $103,490
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,860 1.96 3.63 (4) $111,590
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 1,740 1.81 3.35 (4) $126,380
Salt Lake City, UT 1,260 2.13 3.94 (4) $81,520




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Anchorage, AK 770 4.67 8.66 (4) $93,360
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 2,920 3.51 6.51 (8) (8)
Salt Lake City, UT 1,260 2.13 3.94 (4) $81,520
Denver-Aurora, CO 2,350 1.98 3.68 (4) $73,980
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,860 1.96 3.63 (4) $111,590
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 1,740 1.81 3.35 (4) $126,380
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,020 1.80 3.33 (4) $113,610
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 960 1.65 3.05 (4) $82,650
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 5,780 1.63 3.03 (4) $121,820
Honolulu, HI 640 1.51 2.80 (4) $124,700




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN (8) (8) (8) (4) $150,250
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,870 0.98 1.81 (4) $148,960
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 870 0.44 0.81 (4) $145,440
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 1,740 1.81 3.35 (4) $126,380
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $126,000
Honolulu, HI 640 1.51 2.80 (4) $124,700
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 5,780 1.63 3.03 (4) $121,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,290 0.60 1.11 (4) $121,760
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 0.10 (4) $119,880
Bakersfield, CA 30 0.12 0.22 (4) $117,630

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 230 2.73 5.06 (4) $91,770
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.88 1.63 (4) $71,600
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 0.74 (4) $134,580
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.36 (4) $93,140

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 230 2.73 5.06 (4) $91,770
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.88 1.63 (4) $71,600
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 0.74 (4) $134,580
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.36 (4) $93,140

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 0.74 (4) $134,580
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.36 (4) $93,140
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 230 2.73 5.06 (4) $91,770
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.88 1.63 (4) $71,600


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $80.00 per hour or $166,400 per year.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011