Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
81,520 4.8 % (4) $152,770 3.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $65,000 $87,930 $127,820 $195,550 (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 71,740 17.04 (4) $154,380
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,350 0.17 (4) $99,980
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,300 3.05 (4) $108,300
Support Activities for Air Transportation 870 0.44 (4) $116,230
Technical and Trade Schools 230 0.17 (4) $101,130

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 71,740 17.04 (4) $154,380
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,300 3.05 (4) $108,300
Support Activities for Air Transportation 870 0.44 (4) $116,230
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,350 0.17 (4) $99,980
Technical and Trade Schools 230 0.17 (4) $101,130

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) (4) $210,230
Scheduled Air Transportation 71,740 17.04 (4) $154,380
Other Financial Investment Activities (8) (8) (4) $143,600
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 80 0.01 (4) $133,570
Support Activities for Air Transportation 870 0.44 (4) $116,230


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 10,590 0.90 1.55 (4) $199,610
California 8,290 0.52 0.89 (4) $188,480
Illinois 7,350 1.24 2.14 (4) $142,230
Georgia 6,750 1.60 2.76 (4) $89,850
New York 5,830 0.64 1.10 (4) $113,370




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 2,030 6.27 10.80 (4) $114,940
Hawaii 1,030 1.63 2.81 (8) (8)
Georgia 6,750 1.60 2.76 (4) $89,850
Illinois 7,350 1.24 2.14 (4) $142,230
Colorado 2,980 1.19 2.05 (4) $207,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 2,980 1.19 2.05 (4) $207,680
Texas 10,590 0.90 1.55 (4) $199,610
Washington 2,120 0.69 1.19 (4) $199,560
California 8,290 0.52 0.89 (4) $188,480
Florida 4,640 0.56 0.97 (4) $165,660





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-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 7,280 2.00 3.45 (4) $142,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,700 2.63 4.52 (4) $89,850
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,630 0.85 1.47 (4) $113,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,720 0.88 1.52 (4) $158,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,940 1.54 2.65 (4) $106,150
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,850 2.01 3.47 (4) $214,050
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,810 1.45 2.50 (8) (8)
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,590 2.30 3.97 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,490 1.00 1.72 (4) $177,370
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 2,330 2.00 3.45 (4) $97,300




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 1,810 10.26 17.67 (8) (8)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,700 2.63 4.52 (4) $89,850
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,590 2.30 3.97 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,850 2.01 3.47 (4) $214,050
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 7,280 2.00 3.45 (4) $142,510
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 2,330 2.00 3.45 (4) $97,300
Urban Honolulu, HI 870 1.89 3.25 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,940 1.54 2.65 (4) $106,150
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,810 1.45 2.50 (8) (8)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,050 1.29 2.23 (4) $201,040




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-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $223,090
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,850 2.01 3.47 (4) $214,050
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,050 1.29 2.23 (4) $201,040
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $191,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,490 1.00 1.72 (4) $177,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,720 0.88 1.52 (4) $158,280
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $147,880
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 7,280 2.00 3.45 (4) $142,510
Houma-Thibodaux, LA (8) (8) (8) (4) $134,810
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 660 0.65 1.12 (4) $127,740

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 2.07 3.56 (4) $87,940
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.24 2.14 (4) $76,280
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.39 (4) $92,630

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 2.07 3.56 (4) $87,940
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.24 2.14 (4) $76,280
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.39 (4) $92,630

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)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.39 (4) $92,630
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 2.07 3.56 (4) $87,940
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.24 2.14 (4) $76,280
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $75,430
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $36,210


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017