Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
29,900 3.9 % (4) $73,490 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $34,860 $48,390 $67,500 $89,970 $119,650
  (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 9,680 23.67 (4) $75,460
Technical and Trade Schools 4,150 2.69 (4) $62,280
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,650 1.71 (4) $65,070
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 2,000 0.80 (4) $67,850
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,250 0.43 (4) $62,600

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 9,680 23.67 (4) $75,460
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other 440 23.10 (4) $74,840
Technical and Trade Schools 4,150 2.69 (4) $62,280
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,650 1.71 (4) $65,070
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 2,000 0.80 (4) $67,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 870 0.18 (4) $105,520
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) (4) $92,670
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 380 0.04 (4) $92,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,070 0.06 (4) $90,910
Spectator Sports 90 0.07 (4) $90,900


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 3,470 0.34 1.46 (4) $71,850
Florida 3,210 0.45 1.92 (4) $76,080
California 2,660 0.19 0.81 (4) $74,070
Arizona 1,170 0.50 2.11 (4) $64,330
Georgia 1,090 0.29 1.24 (4) $76,360




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 660 2.13 9.06 (4) $70,750
Hawaii 330 0.58 2.47 (4) $77,870
South Dakota 200 0.52 2.23 (4) $56,140
Alabama 900 0.50 2.13 (4) $78,150
Oregon 780 0.50 2.12 (4) $70,730




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 50 0.08 0.36 (4) $113,020
Connecticut 220 0.14 0.59 (4) $106,130
New York 440 0.05 0.22 (4) $95,240
Pennsylvania 680 0.12 0.53 (4) $92,370
Virginia 760 0.22 0.92 (4) $85,820

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)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 940 0.56 2.38 (4) $63,780
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 850 0.39 1.65 (4) $71,160
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 820 0.41 1.74 (4) $80,740
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 790 0.83 3.52 (4) $78,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.18 0.77 (4) $78,610
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 600 0.87 3.70 (4) $96,770
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 580 0.43 1.82 (4) $76,170
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 500 0.52 2.23 (4) $67,890
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 490 0.51 2.16 (4) $70,120
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 450 0.56 2.36 (4) $77,850




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)
Fairbanks, AK 90 2.69 11.45 (4) $51,190
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 210 2.14 9.10 (4) $59,290
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 210 1.43 6.07 (4) $46,690
Medford, OR 80 1.12 4.74 (8) (8)
Anchorage, AK 150 0.88 3.74 (4) $96,180
Lake Charles, LA 80 0.87 3.71 (4) $67,280
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 600 0.87 3.70 (4) $96,770
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 790 0.83 3.52 (4) $78,550
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 40 0.80 3.41 (4) $63,120
Cheyenne, WY 30 0.77 3.29 (4) $97,480




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)
Springfield, MA-CT 30 0.11 0.46 (4) $129,860
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 120 0.25 1.06 (4) $118,690
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 300 0.06 0.26 (4) $111,960
El Centro, CA (8) (8) (8) (4) $110,660
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 60 0.17 0.74 (4) $106,070
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 40 0.07 0.28 (4) $106,050
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 120 0.29 1.21 (4) $103,370
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.25 (4) $100,370
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.30 1.26 (4) $99,270
Pittsburgh, PA 80 0.07 0.29 (4) $99,200

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 3.35 14.22 (4) $71,560
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 180 5.31 22.56 (4) $59,640
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.80 3.39 (4) $72,310
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.55 2.34 (4) $79,230
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.02 4.33 (4) $49,740

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 Alaska nonmetropolitan area 180 5.31 22.56 (4) $59,640
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 3.35 14.22 (4) $71,560
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.02 4.33 (4) $49,740
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.80 3.39 (4) $72,310
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.77 3.26 (4) $81,190

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 1.52 (4) $97,570
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.05 (4) $95,820
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $92,880
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.87 (4) $84,790
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $84,130


About May 2010 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 mean 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011