Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
73,030 4.7 % (4) $129,600 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $65,420 $88,540 $115,190 $156,970 (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 63,690 15.35 (4) $129,910
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,470 0.17 (4) $97,210
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,170 0.71 (4) $102,420
Technical and Trade Schools 260 0.17 (4) $74,380
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 240 0.62 (4) $88,600

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 63,690 15.35 (4) $129,910
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,170 0.71 (4) $102,420
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 240 0.62 (4) $88,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,470 0.17 (4) $97,210
Technical and Trade Schools 260 0.17 (4) $74,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 63,690 15.35 (4) $129,910
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) (4) $115,740
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) (4) $107,540
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,170 0.71 (4) $102,420
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 30 0.01 (4) $99,150


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)
Georgia 7,600 1.96 3.56 (4) $141,450
Illinois 6,300 1.10 2.01 (4) $119,160
California 6,160 0.42 0.76 (4) $137,300
Texas 5,190 0.48 0.86 (4) $141,400
Florida 5,170 0.69 1.26 (4) $142,960




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 1,780 5.52 10.03 (4) $154,050
Georgia 7,600 1.96 3.56 (4) $141,450
Colorado 2,730 1.19 2.16 (4) $108,410
Illinois 6,300 1.10 2.01 (4) $119,160
Minnesota 2,740 1.02 1.85 (4) $97,160




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 4,510 0.52 0.95 (4) $168,250
Alaska 1,780 5.52 10.03 (4) $154,050
Michigan (8) (8) (8) (4) $148,520
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) (4) $148,280
Florida 5,170 0.69 1.26 (4) $142,960





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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 7,380 3.20 5.80 (4) $143,190
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,230 1.68 3.06 (4) $119,260
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,380 0.84 1.52 (4) $170,020
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,720 1.52 2.76 (4) $97,210
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,580 2.01 3.65 (4) $110,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,560 1.08 1.96 (4) $114,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,420 0.61 1.10 (4) $141,270
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 2,150 2.06 3.74 (4) $130,000
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,040 1.40 2.55 (4) $108,090
Anchorage, AK 1,560 8.87 16.10 (4) $165,180




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 1,560 8.87 16.10 (4) $165,180
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 7,380 3.20 5.80 (4) $143,190
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 2,150 2.06 3.74 (4) $130,000
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,580 2.01 3.65 (4) $110,950
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,230 1.68 3.06 (4) $119,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,720 1.52 2.76 (4) $97,210
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,040 1.40 2.55 (4) $108,090
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 1,210 1.33 2.41 (4) $112,730
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,560 1.08 1.96 (4) $114,590
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 520 0.89 1.61 (4) $109,060




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)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,330 0.62 1.13 (4) $194,660
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,380 0.84 1.52 (4) $170,020
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $168,350
Anchorage, AK 1,560 8.87 16.10 (4) $165,180
Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) (4) $163,280
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $150,040
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 7,380 3.20 5.80 (4) $143,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,420 0.61 1.10 (4) $141,270
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $139,040
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) (4) $132,040

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 1.68 3.04 (4) $75,180
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 0.76 (4) $78,390

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 1.68 3.04 (4) $75,180
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 0.76 (4) $78,390

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $87,450
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 0.76 (4) $78,390
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 1.68 3.04 (4) $75,180


About May 2013 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 $90.00 per hour or $187,199 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014