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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
84,520 2.6 % (4) $174,870 3.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $74,100 $99,090 $147,220 (5) (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 72,780 16.06 (4) $179,080
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,100 0.15 (4) $106,360
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,000 0.87 (4) $112,530
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,530 3.35 (4) $132,440
Technical and Trade Schools 290 0.22 (4) $119,490

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 72,780 16.06 (4) $179,080
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,530 3.35 (4) $132,440
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,000 0.87 (4) $112,530
Technical and Trade Schools 290 0.22 (4) $119,490
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,100 0.15 (4) $106,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 72,780 16.06 (4) $179,080
Management of Companies and Enterprises 280 0.01 (4) $155,300
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,530 3.35 (4) $132,440
Technical and Trade Schools 290 0.22 (4) $119,490
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,000 0.87 (4) $112,530


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)
California 10,340 0.59 1.03 (4) $208,070
Illinois 7,270 1.21 2.10 (4) $194,810
New York 6,940 0.73 1.27 (4) $120,570
Florida 5,290 0.60 1.04 (4) $226,930
Colorado 3,660 1.37 2.38 (4) $186,620




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 1,460 4.60 7.99 (4) $171,030
Hawaii 980 1.54 2.68 (8) (8)
Colorado 3,660 1.37 2.38 (4) $186,620
Minnesota 3,520 1.22 2.12 (4) $104,050
Nevada 1,680 1.21 2.10 (4) $234,750




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 3,050 0.70 1.22 (4) $238,270
Nevada 1,680 1.21 2.10 (4) $234,750
Washington 2,900 0.87 1.52 (4) $234,060
Florida 5,290 0.60 1.04 (4) $226,930
Oregon 710 0.37 0.65 (4) $214,100





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 9,960 1.03 1.79 (4) $155,740
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,240 1.55 2.69 (4) $195,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,100 0.98 1.70 (4) $192,550
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,500 1.78 3.09 (4) $104,080
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,470 2.29 3.98 (4) $192,270
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,400 1.29 2.23 (4) $236,100
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,290 1.33 2.31 (4) $243,550
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,790 1.41 2.44 (8) (8)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,730 1.35 2.35 (4) $241,310
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,990 0.94 1.63 (4) $166,960




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 1,180 6.76 11.75 (4) $187,440
Fairbanks, AK 140 4.21 7.31 (4) $107,010
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,470 2.29 3.98 (4) $192,270
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,500 1.78 3.09 (4) $104,080
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,640 1.61 2.79 (4) $238,320
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,240 1.55 2.69 (4) $195,060
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,790 1.41 2.44 (8) (8)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,730 1.35 2.35 (4) $241,310
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,290 1.33 2.31 (4) $243,550
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,400 1.29 2.23 (4) $236,100




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)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,290 1.33 2.31 (4) $243,550
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,730 1.35 2.35 (4) $241,310
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,640 1.61 2.79 (4) $238,320
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,400 1.29 2.23 (4) $236,100
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,240 1.55 2.69 (4) $195,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,100 0.98 1.70 (4) $192,550
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,470 2.29 3.98 (4) $192,270
Anchorage, AK 1,180 6.76 11.75 (4) $187,440
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 360 0.34 0.59 (4) $186,770
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,990 0.94 1.63 (4) $166,960

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.40 0.70 (4) $87,800

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.40 0.70 (4) $87,800

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $95,690
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.40 0.70 (4) $87,800


About May 2019 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020