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Highest Paying Cities for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

The top 51 highest paying cities for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $187,830, Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado is the highest paying city for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers. It is followed by Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia (average annual salary $164,270). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 51 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$187,830
2,850
2 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$164,270
2,490
3 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$164,270
2,490
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$162,570
6,140
5 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$161,260
1,630
6 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$160,510
4,740
7 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$158,930
180
8 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$153,240
2,590
9 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$152,690
3,320
10 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$145,420
2,570
11 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$140,030
3,220
12 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$137,180
350
13 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$136,830
360
14 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$135,000
850
15 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$134,430
3,240
16 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$130,510
8,240
17 Anchorage, Alaska
$124,750
1,810
18 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$124,390
50
19 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$124,300
3,720
20 Honolulu, Hawaii
$123,340
640
21 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$122,540
7,280
22 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$122,420
7,290
23 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$118,860
n/a
24 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$118,430
2,430
25 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$115,250
420
26 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$114,540
100
27 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$113,670
660
28 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$111,810
130
29 Springfield, Massachusetts
$108,790
30
30 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
$106,360
140
31 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$102,350
40
32 Richmond, Virginia
$100,640
100
33 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$100,260
n/a
34 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$97,070
480
35 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, South Carolina
$96,280
40
36 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$95,740
2,940
37 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee
$95,720
70
38 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$94,120
50
39 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$93,850
150
40 Columbia, South Carolina
$92,740
40
41 Boise City-Nampa, Idaho
$92,330
90
42 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$91,720
n/a
43 Charleston, West Virginia
$90,000
40
44 Railbelt-Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$89,080
150
45 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$87,880
6,700
46 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$86,910
2,090
47 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$86,550
2,050
48 Great Falls, Montana
$78,190
40
49 Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area, Mississippi
$77,220
90
50 Memphis, Tennessee
$66,940
90
51 San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
$61,930
80
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