Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
38,980 3.2 % (4) $86,260 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $39,430 $55,900 $77,200 $105,620 $147,240
  (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 13,250 30.96 (4) $86,380
Technical and Trade Schools 4,880 3.52 (4) $76,320
Support Activities for Air Transportation 4,330 2.20 (4) $88,730
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 4,050 1.40 (4) $81,230
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,430 0.43 (4) $89,240

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 13,250 30.96 (4) $86,380
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other 570 18.86 (4) $72,970
Technical and Trade Schools 4,880 3.52 (4) $76,320
Support Activities for Air Transportation 4,330 2.20 (4) $88,730
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 4,050 1.40 (4) $81,230

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 70 0.02 (4) $134,840
Scientific Research and Development Services 80 0.01 (4) $123,680
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,180 0.24 (4) $117,410
Nonresidential Building Construction 90 0.01 (4) $116,610
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 50 0.01 (4) $114,120


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 5,170 0.44 1.59 (4) $97,430
Florida 4,490 0.55 1.97 (4) $75,170
California 3,860 0.24 0.87 (4) $94,170
Ohio 2,110 0.40 1.42 (4) $84,550
New York 1,280 0.14 0.51 (4) $96,120




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 550 1.71 6.17 (4) $77,100
South Dakota 360 0.86 3.08 (4) $61,730
Montana 360 0.79 2.85 (4) $69,810
North Dakota 270 0.64 2.29 (4) $69,280
Delaware 270 0.61 2.21 (4) $96,030




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 350 0.21 0.75 (4) $126,630
Illinois 850 0.14 0.52 (4) $111,520
Georgia 890 0.21 0.76 (4) $108,090
Maryland 420 0.16 0.57 (4) $100,260
New Mexico 270 0.34 1.23 (4) $99,230





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,590 0.54 1.95 (4) $116,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.47 1.69 (4) $87,070
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,030 1.05 3.79 (4) $102,280
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 950 0.85 3.05 (4) $66,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 890 0.21 0.76 (4) $95,770
Columbus, OH 850 0.83 3.00 (4) $75,900
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 770 0.40 1.43 (4) $73,830
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 650 0.10 0.35 (4) $112,810
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 600 0.38 1.36 (4) $116,690
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 580 0.16 0.58 (4) $119,540




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 2.70 9.73 (4) $79,840
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 260 2.44 8.79 (4) $99,610
Portsmouth, NH-ME 180 1.94 6.97 (4) $67,110
Ann Arbor, MI 390 1.84 6.64 (4) $82,120
Grand Forks, ND-MN 90 1.77 6.37 (4) $60,340
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 80 1.73 6.23 (4) $53,530
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 330 1.63 5.88 (4) $83,280
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 310 1.63 5.89 (4) $55,200
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 230 1.39 5.00 (4) $72,200
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.39 4.99 (4) $74,860




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 160 1.00 3.59 (4) $174,550
Santa Rosa, CA 70 0.34 1.21 (4) $135,440
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 40 0.11 0.38 (4) $123,470
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 190 0.46 1.65 (4) $119,710
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 580 0.16 0.58 (4) $119,540
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 330 0.56 2.00 (4) $119,510
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.14 0.51 (4) $118,740
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 600 0.38 1.36 (4) $116,690
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,590 0.54 1.95 (4) $116,390
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 650 0.10 0.35 (4) $112,810

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 590 7.02 25.30 (4) $93,020
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 3.02 10.86 (4) $67,700
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 1.38 4.96 (4) $60,220
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 5.04 18.17 (4) $60,620
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 130 1.33 4.79 (4) $84,480

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 590 7.02 25.30 (4) $93,020
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 5.04 18.17 (4) $60,620
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 3.32 11.97 (4) $68,300
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 3.02 10.86 (4) $67,700
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 110 1.54 5.56 (4) $55,490

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)
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 2.56 (4) $131,490
South Nevada nonmetropolitan area 60 1.17 4.23 (4) $101,420
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 1.37 (4) $98,850
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.64 2.31 (4) $93,450
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 590 7.02 25.30 (4) $93,020


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.

(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