Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
82,890 3.2 % (4) $169,560 3.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $65,690 $94,380 $140,340 (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 72,850 16.06 (4) $173,270
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,070 0.15 (4) $103,390
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,330 2.96 (4) $117,450
Support Activities for Air Transportation 850 0.39 (4) $120,700
Management of Companies and Enterprises 200 0.01 (4) $154,430

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 72,850 16.06 (4) $173,270
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,330 2.96 (4) $117,450
Support Activities for Air Transportation 850 0.39 (4) $120,700
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,070 0.15 (4) $103,390
Technical and Trade Schools 170 0.12 (4) $110,090

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 72,850 16.06 (4) $173,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises 200 0.01 (4) $154,430
Support Activities for Air Transportation 850 0.39 (4) $120,700
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,330 2.96 (4) $117,450
Technical and Trade Schools 170 0.12 (4) $110,090


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 9,570 0.79 1.38 (4) $200,320
California 9,330 0.55 0.96 (4) $205,520
Illinois 7,280 1.21 2.12 (4) $193,600
Georgia 6,940 1.58 2.76 (8) (8)
New York 6,240 0.66 1.16 (4) $108,420




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 1,950 6.20 10.82 (4) $148,820
Hawaii 1,020 1.59 2.77 (8) (8)
Georgia 6,940 1.58 2.76 (8) (8)
Colorado 3,250 1.24 2.17 (4) $196,670
Illinois 7,280 1.21 2.12 (4) $193,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,540 0.78 1.36 (4) $237,150
Michigan 3,090 0.71 1.25 (4) $233,550
Nevada 1,350 1.00 1.75 (4) $220,400
Oregon 750 0.40 0.69 (4) $205,660
California 9,330 0.55 0.96 (4) $205,520





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 9,340 0.98 1.72 (4) $150,280
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,260 1.56 2.73 (4) $193,800
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,900 2.57 4.49 (8) (8)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,540 1.83 3.20 (4) $189,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,660 0.92 1.61 (4) $183,910
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,260 1.26 2.20 (4) $190,590
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,090 1.58 2.76 (4) $103,960
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,060 2.07 3.61 (4) $203,220
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,030 1.25 2.19 (4) $247,120
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,940 1.43 2.50 (4) $132,450




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 1,670 9.73 16.98 (8) (8)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,900 2.57 4.49 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,060 2.07 3.61 (4) $203,220
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,540 1.83 3.20 (4) $189,920
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,090 1.58 2.76 (4) $103,960
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,260 1.56 2.73 (4) $193,800
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,940 1.43 2.50 (4) $132,450
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,780 1.41 2.47 (8) (8)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,320 1.33 2.33 (4) $224,010
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,260 1.26 2.20 (4) $190,590




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 3,030 1.25 2.19 (4) $247,120
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,430 1.22 2.14 (4) $240,290
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,320 1.33 2.33 (4) $224,010
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,060 2.07 3.61 (4) $203,220
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 200 0.15 0.27 (4) $201,380
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,260 1.56 2.73 (4) $193,800
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,260 1.26 2.20 (4) $190,590
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,540 1.83 3.20 (4) $189,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,660 0.92 1.61 (4) $183,910
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD (8) (8) (8) (4) $156,850

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 90 0.37 0.65 (4) $87,680

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 90 0.37 0.65 (4) $87,680

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.37 0.65 (4) $87,680
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $76,950


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019