Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers amongst California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$88,250
25th Percentile Wage
$120,260
50th Percentile Wage
$198,370
75th Percentile Wage
$179,360
90th Percentile Wage
$182,160

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $182,160. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $198,370. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $88,250.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$198,370
14.19% 42.85%
2016
$170,220
25.13% -
2015
$127,450
3.55% -
2014
$122,930
-3.86% -
2013
$127,680
11.22% -
2012
$113,360
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in state of California ranges from $52,790 to $177,020. The highest paying area for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $177,020. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $152,690). The lowest paying area is Fresno with a median annual salary of $52,790.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$177,020
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$152,690
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$145,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$118,430
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$115,250
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$103,180
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$100,260
Fresno
$52,790




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