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

The top 100 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 $204,390, Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada is the highest paying city for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers. It is followed by Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado (average annual salary $199,320). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$204,390
1,280
2 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$199,320
2,930
3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$178,990
n/a
4 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, USA
$177,070
4,420
5 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$177,020
4,230
6 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$175,490
n/a
7 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$172,510
2,490
8 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$172,510
2,490
9 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$165,430
2,800
10 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$164,050
180
11 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$160,510
4,740
12 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$157,760
7,230
13 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$152,690
3,320
14 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$148,080
2,560
15 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$146,820
3,710
16 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$145,420
2,570
17 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$139,470
8,980
18 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$139,110
610
19 Camden, New Jersey
$138,800
90
20 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$137,180
350
21 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$136,830
360
22 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$135,000
850
23 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$134,430
3,240
24 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$130,940
3,000
25 Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska
$127,130
n/a
26 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, Florida
$126,030
70
27 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$124,860
6,830
28 Anchorage, Alaska
$124,750
1,820
29 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$124,740
6,840
30 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$124,390
50
31 Honolulu, Hawaii
$123,340
640
32 St Louis, Missouri
$119,600
30
33 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$118,860
n/a
34 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$118,430
2,430
35 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$117,390
2,680
36 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, Louisiana
$115,920
n/a
37 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$115,250
420
38 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$114,540
160
39 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$113,280
800
40 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$112,390
2,670
41 Kansas City, Missouri
$112,090
100
42 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$111,810
70
43 Springfield, Massachusetts
$108,790
30
44 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$107,020
620
45 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, USA
$106,390
5,820
46 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
$106,360
140
47 Columbus, Ohio
$106,290
130
48 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$104,350
30
49 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$103,180
40
50 Jacksonville, Florida
$102,890
n/a
51 Albuquerque, New Mexico
$102,400
30
52 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$102,350
40
53 Tulsa, Oklahoma
$101,980
n/a
54 Salt Lake City, Utah
$101,760
1,200
55 Tucson, Arizona
$101,310
80
56 Richmond, Virginia
$100,640
90
57 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$100,260
n/a
58 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
$100,180
40
59 Montgomery, Alabama
$99,160
30
60 Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area, Missouri
$97,710
30
61 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$97,400
n/a
62 Jackson, Mississippi
$96,960
40
63 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, South Carolina
$96,280
40
64 Madison, Wisconsin
$96,000
30
65 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$95,970
140
66 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$95,560
2,870
67 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$95,420
2,330
68 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$93,850
150
69 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee
$92,970
70
70 Columbia, South Carolina
$92,740
40
71 Charleston, West Virginia
$90,000
40
72 Railbelt-Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$89,080
190
73 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$87,880
6,720
74 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$86,910
2,330
75 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$86,550
2,290
76 Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$86,460
40
77 Memphis, Tennessee
$86,240
70
78 San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
$84,190
160
79 Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area, Mississippi
$81,800
90
80 Lansing-East Lansing, Michigan
$78,540
30
81 Great Falls, Montana
$78,190
40
82 Huntsville, Alabama
$77,210
150
83 Knoxville, Tennessee
$73,620
n/a
84 Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area, Montana
$73,480
n/a
85 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$69,440
50
86 Boise City-Nampa, Idaho
$64,130
90
87 Casper, Wyoming
$62,510
30
88 San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
$61,440
50
89 Fresno, California
$52,790
100
90 Hawaii-Maui-Kauai nonmetropolitan area, Hawaii
$33,880
n/a
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