Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
38,170 3.5 % (4) $82,430 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $35,250 $52,450 $75,620 $104,160 $141,210
  (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 13,990 37.08 (4) $81,450
Technical and Trade Schools 4,390 2.95 (4) $74,180
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 3,260 1.17 (4) $75,250
Support Activities for Air Transportation 3,130 1.80 (4) $84,770
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,440 0.07 (4) $101,410

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 13,990 37.08 (4) $81,450
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other 390 15.58 (4) $71,080
Technical and Trade Schools 4,390 2.95 (4) $74,180
Support Activities for Air Transportation 3,130 1.80 (4) $84,770
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 3,260 1.17 (4) $75,250

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 900 0.18 (4) $116,790
Wired Telecommunications Carriers (8) (8) (4) $114,700
Employment Services 150 (7) (4) $112,310
Other Financial Investment Activities 60 0.01 (4) $109,150
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services (8) (8) (4) $108,100


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 4,200 0.37 1.32 (4) $95,430
Florida 4,040 0.53 1.86 (4) $80,860
California 3,450 0.23 0.81 (4) $92,220
Ohio 3,040 0.58 2.07 (4) $60,660
Arizona 1,460 0.58 2.04 (4) $70,400



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 630 1.94 6.88 (4) $76,080
Ohio 3,040 0.58 2.07 (4) $60,660
Arizona 1,460 0.58 2.04 (4) $70,400
Alabama 1,080 0.58 2.06 (4) $88,910
Montana 230 0.53 1.87 (4) $77,930



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 590 0.15 0.54 (4) $111,120
Connecticut 470 0.29 1.02 (4) $102,160
Illinois 510 0.09 0.31 (4) $98,450
Pennsylvania (8) (8) (8) (4) $96,430
Texas 4,200 0.37 1.32 (4) $95,430




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)
Columbus, OH 1,780 1.84 6.50 (4) $48,100
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,570 0.55 1.95 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,150 0.63 2.23 (4) $64,020
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 870 0.39 1.38 (4) $93,720
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 870 0.83 2.94 (4) $90,140
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 850 0.36 1.27 (4) $84,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 850 0.21 0.74 (4) $109,890
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 810 0.45 1.61 (4) $61,440
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 570 0.11 0.38 (4) $118,250
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 540 0.36 1.29 (4) $101,010



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-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 310 3.17 11.22 (4) $88,470
Ann Arbor, MI 450 2.18 7.72 (4) $74,360
Savannah, GA 320 2.07 7.32 (4) $109,390
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 160 2.04 7.24 (4) $87,080
Columbus, OH 1,780 1.84 6.50 (4) $48,100
Grand Forks, ND-MN 90 1.82 6.46 (4) $52,980
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 310 1.60 5.68 (8) (8)
Wichita, KS 450 1.54 5.47 (4) $85,230
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 240 1.52 5.38 (4) $46,880
Anchorage, AK 260 1.49 5.26 (4) $84,460



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)
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) (4) $198,990
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 60 0.30 1.07 (4) $130,760
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 50 0.24 0.85 (4) $124,120
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 570 0.11 0.38 (4) $118,250
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 270 0.49 1.74 (4) $111,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 850 0.21 0.74 (4) $109,890
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 30 0.10 0.36 (4) $109,560
Savannah, GA 320 2.07 7.32 (4) $109,390
Montgomery, AL 40 0.23 0.82 (4) $108,350
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $106,230

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 620 7.36 26.07 (4) $96,450
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 3.00 10.63 (4) $68,510
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.22 4.31 (4) $82,570
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 110 0.66 2.32 (4) $92,230
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 100 2.81 9.95 (4) $69,210

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 620 7.36 26.07 (4) $96,450
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 3.00 10.63 (4) $68,510
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 100 2.81 9.95 (4) $69,210
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.22 4.31 (4) $82,570
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.96 3.38 (4) $80,750

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $115,480
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $114,710
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.56 (4) $108,870
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $106,970
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $104,440


About May 2014 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.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015