Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

53-2012 Commercial Pilots

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots. Excludes regional, National, and international 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)
38,490 3.1 % (4) $89,350 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $43,570 $58,910 $78,740 $106,990 $152,180
  (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)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 12,390 28.15 (4) $90,290
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 4,490 1.50 (4) $85,220
Technical and Trade Schools 4,330 3.24 (4) $83,810
Support Activities for Air Transportation 4,250 2.05 (4) $90,460
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,480 0.43 (4) $86,610

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 12,390 28.15 (4) $90,290
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other 680 21.74 (4) $78,940
Technical and Trade Schools 4,330 3.24 (4) $83,810
Support Activities for Air Transportation 4,250 2.05 (4) $90,460
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 4,490 1.50 (4) $85,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 80 0.02 (4) $137,320
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 120 0.01 (4) $123,380
Scientific Research and Development Services 120 0.02 (4) $120,120
Insurance Carriers 80 0.01 (4) $117,900
Traveler Accommodation (8) (8) (4) $114,090


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 5,100 0.43 1.59 (4) $105,590
California 3,890 0.23 0.86 (4) $96,650
Florida 3,680 0.44 1.62 (4) $76,340
Ohio 1,670 0.31 1.15 (4) $84,240
Arizona 1,630 0.60 2.23 (4) $77,990




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 620 1.96 7.25 (4) $80,580
Montana 450 0.97 3.61 (4) $75,590
South Dakota 390 0.94 3.47 (4) $61,640
North Dakota 310 0.75 2.77 (4) $71,110
Arkansas 760 0.63 2.34 (4) $77,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 80 0.13 0.46 (4) $124,570
Connecticut 330 0.20 0.75 (4) $115,290
Georgia 1,020 0.24 0.88 (4) $113,720
District of Columbia 30 0.05 0.17 (4) $111,420
New Mexico 150 0.18 0.67 (4) $109,960



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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)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.55 2.03 (4) $97,550
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,350 0.46 1.70 (4) $127,830
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,250 0.63 2.33 (4) $79,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.25 0.92 (4) $100,510
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,090 1.10 4.07 (4) $108,190
Columbus, OH 830 0.80 2.97 (8) (8)
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 790 0.67 2.46 (4) $70,440
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 770 0.68 2.52 (4) $70,750
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 720 0.20 0.72 (4) $110,500
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 540 0.56 2.08 (4) $80,580


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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)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 240 2.83 10.48 (4) $82,490
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 440 2.11 7.83 (4) $64,620
Savannah, GA 320 1.89 6.99 (4) $136,930
Grand Forks, ND-MN 90 1.83 6.77 (4) $61,530
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 90 1.75 6.46 (4) $45,650
Anchorage, AK 290 1.70 6.29 (4) $93,300
Ann Arbor, MI 320 1.51 5.61 (4) $70,420
Billings, MT 120 1.42 5.25 (4) $77,620
Prescott, AZ 80 1.34 4.97 (4) $57,560
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 130 1.20 4.44 (4) $108,840


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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)
Savannah, GA 320 1.89 6.99 (4) $136,930
Springfield, MA-CT 30 0.10 0.37 (4) $136,150
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 40 0.07 0.24 (4) $131,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 530 0.32 1.20 (4) $130,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,350 0.46 1.70 (4) $127,830
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 260 0.43 1.59 (4) $127,350
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.12 (4) $125,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 390 0.15 0.55 (4) $122,760
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 200 0.48 1.79 (4) $121,760
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 50 0.65 2.40 (4) $120,480

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 600 7.11 26.34 (4) $84,390
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 220 6.50 24.08 (4) $72,180
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 200 2.84 10.51 (4) $68,770
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 180 2.65 9.83 (8) (8)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.32 4.91 (4) $59,410

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 600 7.11 26.34 (4) $84,390
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 220 6.50 24.08 (4) $72,180
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 200 2.84 10.51 (4) $68,770
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 180 2.65 9.83 (8) (8)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 140 1.37 5.09 (4) $104,680

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)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $119,580
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 140 1.37 5.09 (4) $104,680
South Nevada nonmetropolitan area 60 1.20 4.43 (4) $98,690
Border Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $95,220


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.

(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