Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

53-2012 Commercial Pilots

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots. Excludes regional, National, and international 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)
39,760 3.5 % (4) $84,510 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $34,800 $53,330 $76,150 $105,810 $147,890
  (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)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 14,080 35.85 (4) $83,030
Technical and Trade Schools 4,440 3.13 (4) $74,360
Support Activities for Air Transportation 3,870 2.10 (4) $88,090
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 3,540 1.24 (4) $77,170
Scheduled Air Transportation 2,400 0.58 (4) $78,870

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 14,080 35.85 (4) $83,030
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other 520 19.01 (4) $70,590
Technical and Trade Schools 4,440 3.13 (4) $74,360
Support Activities for Air Transportation 3,870 2.10 (4) $88,090
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 3,540 1.24 (4) $77,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 200 0.01 (4) $121,420
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 900 0.18 (4) $119,870
Nonresidential Building Construction 70 0.01 (4) $116,170
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 (4) $115,320
Oil and Gas Extraction 210 0.11 (4) $113,110


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)
Florida 4,230 0.53 1.85 (4) $84,220
California 4,080 0.26 0.91 (4) $100,230
Texas 4,020 0.35 1.20 (4) $95,940
Ohio 2,830 0.54 1.86 (4) $61,830
Pennsylvania 1,610 0.28 0.98 (4) $100,150



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 590 1.79 6.22 (4) $78,170
Montana 350 0.78 2.72 (4) $65,070
South Dakota 280 0.69 2.39 (4) $61,550
North Dakota 260 0.58 2.03 (4) $59,720
Arizona 1,450 0.56 1.95 (4) $78,140



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 340 0.20 0.71 (4) $116,960
Delaware 110 0.26 0.91 (4) $103,020
Illinois 680 0.12 0.41 (4) $102,760
California 4,080 0.26 0.91 (4) $100,230
Pennsylvania 1,610 0.28 0.98 (4) $100,150




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)
Columbus, OH 1,750 1.74 6.04 (4) $47,600
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,340 0.46 1.59 (4) $117,780
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 990 0.56 1.95 (4) $63,800
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 970 0.52 1.80 (4) $67,190
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 950 0.87 3.00 (4) $92,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 870 0.21 0.73 (4) $115,370
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 760 0.12 0.41 (4) $103,360
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 730 0.75 2.61 (4) $94,780
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.36 1.25 (4) $89,560
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 530 0.34 1.19 (4) $100,220



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)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 310 3.25 11.26 (4) $91,360
Savannah, GA 360 2.21 7.68 (4) $115,320
Grand Forks, ND-MN 110 2.17 7.53 (4) $53,200
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 210 2.06 7.15 (4) $93,210
Columbus, OH 1,750 1.74 6.04 (4) $47,600
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 310 1.59 5.51 (4) $90,780
Fairbanks, AK 60 1.57 5.44 (4) $74,610
Ann Arbor, MI 310 1.50 5.21 (4) $80,310
Flagstaff, AZ 80 1.43 4.96 (8) (8)
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 260 1.41 4.90 (4) $50,500



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)
Santa Rosa, CA 60 0.30 1.04 (4) $135,820
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $117,960
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,340 0.46 1.59 (4) $117,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 870 0.21 0.73 (4) $115,370
Savannah, GA 360 2.21 7.68 (4) $115,320
Charleston-North Charleston, SC (8) (8) (8) (4) $111,970
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 380 0.67 2.34 (4) $111,860
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.24 0.83 (4) $111,580
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.08 0.28 (4) $111,150
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) (4) $110,580

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 580 6.89 23.91 (8) (8)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 2.87 9.95 (4) $65,130
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 1.34 4.66 (4) $56,930
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 3.26 11.30 (4) $65,560
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 100 1.08 3.76 (4) $89,350

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 580 6.89 23.91 (8) (8)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 3.26 11.30 (4) $65,560
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 2.87 9.95 (4) $65,130
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 1.34 4.66 (4) $56,930
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.30 4.52 (4) $95,570

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 Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.47 1.62 (4) $105,860
Border Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $103,800
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.30 4.52 (4) $95,570
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $92,450
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $90,780


About May 2015 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 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.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016