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Commercial Pilots Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for commercial pilots in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of commercial pilots among California cities 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 Commercial Pilots in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$46,960
25th Percentile Wage
$61,830
50th Percentile Wage
$80,310
75th Percentile Wage
$117,770
90th Percentile Wage
$172,480

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for commercial pilots in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $172,480. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $80,310. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $46,960.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of commercial pilots from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$80,310
-2.18% 2.10%
2016
$82,060
-10.25% -
2015
$90,470
4.10% -
2014
$86,760
3.31% -
2013
$83,890
6.28% -
2012
$78,620
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Commercial Pilots in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of commercial pilots in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of commercial pilots in state of California ranges from $36,860 to $130,320. The highest paying area for commercial pilots in California is Santa Rosa-Petaluma with a median annual salary of $130,320. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Bakersfield-Delano (mean annual salary $117,030). The lowest paying area is Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $36,860.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$130,320
Bakersfield-Delano
$117,030
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$103,560
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$97,110
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$96,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$92,750
Redding
$91,180
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$89,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$86,970
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$85,580
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$84,980
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$83,290
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$80,360
Modesto
$78,890
Salinas
$77,730
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$73,540
Napa
$71,610
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$69,770
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$67,990
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$65,560
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$62,100
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$57,980
Fresno
$50,770
Chico
$48,030
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$36,860




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