Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
84,070 4.9 % (4) $161,280 3.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $68,230 $92,500 $137,330 (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 73,840 16.84 (4) $163,130
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,250 0.16 (4) $101,170
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,280 2.90 (4) $109,820
Support Activities for Air Transportation 840 0.41 (4) $109,530
Technical and Trade Schools 150 0.11 (4) $122,290

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 73,840 16.84 (4) $163,130
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,280 2.90 (4) $109,820
Support Activities for Air Transportation 840 0.41 (4) $109,530
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,250 0.16 (4) $101,170
Technical and Trade Schools 150 0.11 (4) $122,290

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) $203,940
Scheduled Air Transportation 73,840 16.84 (4) $163,130
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 70 0.01 (4) $144,950
Technical and Trade Schools 150 0.11 (4) $122,290
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 50 (7) (4) $113,870


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 11,360 0.96 1.62 (4) $195,480
California 9,000 0.54 0.91 (4) $207,080
Illinois 6,880 1.16 1.97 (4) $146,150
Georgia 6,760 1.57 2.66 (4) $102,330
New York 6,060 0.66 1.12 (4) $114,440




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 2,160 6.79 11.52 (4) $132,250
Hawaii 1,010 1.59 2.70 (8) (8)
Georgia 6,760 1.57 2.66 (4) $102,330
Colorado 3,080 1.21 2.05 (4) $209,830
Illinois 6,880 1.16 1.97 (4) $146,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,430 0.76 1.29 (4) $237,590
Nevada 1,310 1.00 1.69 (4) $215,460
Colorado 3,080 1.21 2.05 (4) $209,830
California 9,000 0.54 0.91 (4) $207,080
Texas 11,360 0.96 1.62 (4) $195,480



<

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 6,830 1.86 3.16 (4) $146,410
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,720 2.57 4.35 (8) (8)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,820 0.87 1.47 (4) $114,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,230 0.96 1.62 (4) $193,260
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,000 1.52 2.57 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,930 2.03 3.45 (4) $216,310
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,870 1.49 2.52 (4) $101,130
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,800 2.45 4.16 (4) $196,600
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 2,670 3.63 6.15 (8) (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,560 1.03 1.74 (4) $169,770


<

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 1,820 10.49 17.78 (8) (8)
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 2,670 3.63 6.15 (8) (8)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,720 2.57 4.35 (8) (8)
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,800 2.45 4.16 (4) $196,600
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,930 2.03 3.45 (4) $216,310
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,830 1.86 3.16 (4) $146,410
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,000 1.52 2.57 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,870 1.49 2.52 (4) $101,130
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,290 1.39 2.36 (4) $241,850
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,280 1.33 2.25 (4) $217,220


<

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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,290 1.39 2.36 (4) $241,850
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,280 1.33 2.25 (4) $217,220
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,930 2.03 3.45 (4) $216,310
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,800 2.45 4.16 (4) $196,600
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $195,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,230 0.96 1.62 (4) $193,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $186,900
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,560 1.03 1.74 (4) $169,770
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $152,670
Kansas City, MO-KS 100 0.10 0.16 (4) $148,120

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 190 2.71 4.59 (8) (8)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.38 0.64 (4) $84,720
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.33 (4) $94,060

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 190 2.71 4.59 (8) (8)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.38 0.64 (4) $84,720
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.33 (4) $94,060

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 30 0.19 0.33 (4) $94,060
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.38 0.64 (4) $84,720


About May 2017 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.

(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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018