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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

53-2011 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing 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. Excludes "Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians" (17-3024).


National estimates for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Industry profile for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Geographic profile for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

National estimates for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
83,550 3.2 % (4) $ 186,870 3.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 80,920 $ 106,530 $ 160,970 (5) (5)
  (4)

Industry profile for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 72,290 16.38 (4) $ 191,340
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,990 0.14 (4) $ 113,030
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,720 0.83 (4) $ 115,760
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,440 3.15 (4) $ 131,420
Technical and Trade Schools 200 0.16 (4) $ 116,830

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 72,290 16.38 (4) $ 191,340
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,440 3.15 (4) $ 131,420
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,720 0.83 (4) $ 115,760
Technical and Trade Schools 200 0.16 (4) $ 116,830
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,990 0.14 (4) $ 113,030

Top paying industries for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 72,290 16.38 (4) $ 191,340
Management of Companies and Enterprises 190 0.01 (4) $ 161,080
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,440 3.15 (4) $ 131,420
Technical and Trade Schools 200 0.16 (4) $ 116,830
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,720 0.83 (4) $ 115,760


Geographic profile for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,170 0.62 1.03 (4) $ 229,110
Texas 9,860 0.81 1.36 (4) $ 194,100
Illinois 6,810 1.21 2.01 (4) $ 200,840
New York 5,430 0.62 1.04 (4) $ 177,680
Florida 5,220 0.62 1.03 (4) $ 229,730




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,370 4.64 7.72 (4) $ 180,100
Hawaii 1,310 2.28 3.79 (8) (8)
Colorado 3,540 1.38 2.29 (4) $ 200,040
Nevada 1,520 1.21 2.02 (4) $ 236,260
Illinois 6,810 1.21 2.01 (4) $ 200,840




Top paying states for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 3,020 0.77 1.28 (4) $ 248,770
Nevada 1,520 1.21 2.02 (4) $ 236,260
Florida 5,220 0.62 1.03 (4) $ 229,730
California 10,170 0.62 1.03 (4) $ 229,110
Washington 3,160 0.99 1.65 (4) $ 221,570





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,700 0.99 1.64 (4) $ 192,410
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 6,780 1.56 2.59 (4) $ 201,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,590 0.96 1.60 (4) $ 218,970
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,090 1.55 2.58 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,410 2.34 3.90 (4) $ 204,900
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,400 1.36 2.26 (4) $ 239,250
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,290 1.41 2.35 (4) $ 252,430
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,190 1.72 2.87 (4) $ 116,320
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,040 1.55 2.58 (4) $ 224,990
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,750 1.55 2.57 (4) $ 259,010




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Anchorage, AK 1,200 7.31 12.18 (4) $ 190,260
Urban Honolulu, HI 1,230 2.98 4.95 (8) (8)
Salt Lake City, UT 2,080 2.87 4.79 (4) $ 112,720
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,410 2.34 3.90 (4) $ 204,900
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 2,700 2.23 3.71 (4) $ 120,210
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,190 1.72 2.87 (4) $ 116,320
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,470 1.63 2.71 (4) $ 241,140
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 6,780 1.56 2.59 (4) $ 201,120
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,040 1.55 2.58 (4) $ 224,990
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,090 1.55 2.58 (8) (8)




Top paying metropolitan areas for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,750 1.55 2.57 (4) $ 259,010
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 254,640
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,290 1.41 2.35 (4) $ 252,430
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,470 1.63 2.71 (4) $ 241,140
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,400 1.36 2.26 (4) $ 239,250
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,040 1.55 2.58 (4) $ 224,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,590 0.96 1.60 (4) $ 218,970
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,410 2.34 3.90 (4) $ 204,900
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 6,780 1.56 2.59 (4) $ 201,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,030 0.67 1.12 (4) $ 200,810

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 230 2.72 4.53 (4) $ 108,010
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.44 0.73 (4) $ 96,110

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 230 2.72 4.53 (4) $ 108,010
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.44 0.73 (4) $ 96,110

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 112,790
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 230 2.72 4.53 (4) $ 108,010
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.44 0.73 (4) $ 96,110


About May 2020 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021