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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 amongst California metropolitan 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Commercial Pilots in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,600
25th Percentile Wage
$62,610
50th Percentile Wage
$82,060
75th Percentile Wage
$122,340
90th Percentile Wage
$164,710

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 $164,710. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $82,060. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $44,600.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
No Data
25th Percentile Wage
No Data
50th Percentile Wage
No Data
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for commercial pilots in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary of the 25th percentile is No Data.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of commercial pilots from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201682,060-10.25%4.19%
201590,4704.10%-
201486,7603.31%-
201383,8906.28%-
201278,620--

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 $113,240. The highest paying area for commercial pilots in California is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward with a median annual salary of $113,240. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Salinas (mean annual salary $108,320). 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
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$113,240
Salinas
$108,320
Bakersfield-Delano
$105,900
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$103,680
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$97,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$92,750
Redding
$91,650
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$91,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$87,050
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$85,580
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$84,980
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$80,360
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$80,300
Napa
$71,610
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$66,430
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$63,750
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$48,440
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$36,860


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