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Highest Paying Cities for Commercial Pilots

The top 100 highest paying cities for commercial pilots (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 commercial pilots in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $173,600, Savannah, Georgia is the highest paying city for commercial pilots. It is followed by Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area, Minnesota (average annual salary $135,580). 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 commercial pilots in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Commercial Pilots

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Savannah, Georgia
$173,600
160
2 Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area, Minnesota
$135,580
n/a
3 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$133,800
190
4 Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area, Michigan
$132,840
n/a
5 Montgomery, Alabama
$126,250
40
6 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$125,390
40
7 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$123,130
580
8 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$119,190
680
9 Tucson, Arizona
$117,030
120
10 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$116,220
330
11 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$115,780
600
12 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$113,240
150
13 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$112,310
680
14 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$111,360
570
15 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$110,590
70
16 Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area, Texas
$109,990
60
17 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas
$109,770
330
18 Salinas, California
$108,320
n/a
19 Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area, Louisiana
$108,030
n/a
20 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$106,170
1,030
21 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$105,900
80
22 Albuquerque, New Mexico
$104,490
160
23 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$103,850
530
24 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$103,680
390
25 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, South Carolina
$103,650
30
26 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$99,710
460
27 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$97,110
30
28 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$97,070
280
29 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas
$95,860
60
30 Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area, Alabama
$95,850
590
31 Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama
$95,000
90
32 Richmond, Virginia
$94,750
90
33 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$94,190
1,590
34 Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area, Texas
$93,500
n/a
35 Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area, Minnesota
$93,100
50
36 Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, South Carolina
$93,080
50
37 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$93,050
140
38 East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area, Pennsylvania
$92,980
40
39 Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area, Mississippi
$92,800
n/a
40 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$92,750
1,220
41 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$92,540
880
42 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$92,370
40
43 Redding, California
$91,650
40
44 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$91,230
150
45 Tulsa, Oklahoma
$91,130
110
46 Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska
$90,590
150
47 Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area, New Mexico
$90,500
40
48 El Paso, Texas
$90,440
30
49 Knoxville, Tennessee
$90,140
40
50 Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey
$89,650
n/a
51 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$89,570
2,170
52 Wilmington, New Jersey
$89,520
240
53 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$88,310
480
54 Springfield, Missouri
$87,930
40
55 Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area, North Carolina
$87,860
60
56 Hawaii-Maui-Kauai nonmetropolitan area, Hawaii
$87,500
130
57 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$87,050
890
58 Naples-Marco Island, Florida
$86,900
70
59 Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area, Ohio
$86,510
40
60 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$86,170
1,140
61 Wichita, Kansas
$85,750
390
62 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$85,740
1,310
63 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$85,650
350
64 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$85,580
n/a
65 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$84,980
370
66 Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area, Alabama
$84,820
50
67 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, Louisiana
$84,380
240
68 Gary, Indiana
$84,230
30
69 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
$84,230
160
70 Medford, Oregon
$82,770
50
71 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
$82,720
300
72 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$82,340
250
73 Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area, Nebraska
$82,160
40
74 Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
$82,020
90
75 Honolulu, Hawaii
$81,340
130
76 Reno-Sparks, Nevada
$81,120
80
77 Kansas City, Missouri
$80,690
150
78 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, California
$80,360
40
79 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$80,300
280
80 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$80,190
390
81 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$79,800
230
82 Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
$78,950
50
83 Rochester, New York
$78,260
70
84 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$77,960
160
85 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$77,830
420
86 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$77,830
220
87 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
$77,770
80
88 Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area, Mississippi
$77,760
40
89 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
$77,400
40
90 Lincoln, Nebraska
$77,260
40
91 St Louis, Missouri
$77,140
380
92 Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina
$76,610
40
93 Toledo, Ohio
$76,540
90
94 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
$76,420
n/a
95 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$76,310
50
96 Fairbanks, Alaska
$75,470
50
97 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania
$75,380
80
98 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$75,150
260
99 Bismarck, North Dakota
$74,660
50
100 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$74,640
230
See also: Highest paying industries for commercial pilots.