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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 $140,880, Springfield, Massachusetts is the highest paying city for commercial pilots. It is followed by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (average annual salary $136,670). 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 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 Springfield, Massachusetts
$140,880
30
2 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$136,670
30
3 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$136,170
530
4 Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area, Minnesota
$135,580
80
5 Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, USA
$134,610
40
6 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$134,010
40
7 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
$130,320
70
8 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$126,380
600
9 Montgomery, Alabama
$126,250
40
10 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$125,390
50
11 Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, USA
$123,250
50
12 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, Florida
$118,910
130
13 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$117,030
70
14 Naples-Marco Island, Florida
$116,850
60
15 Wichita, Kansas
$116,550
150
16 Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
$116,040
50
17 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas
$114,520
330
18 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$114,190
1,090
19 Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area, Mississippi
$112,300
50
20 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$111,360
570
21 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$110,330
260
22 Savannah, Georgia
$109,850
320
23 Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama
$109,610
110
24 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$109,310
680
25 Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area, Mississippi
$108,100
70
26 Cedar Rapids, Iowa
$108,080
60
27 Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area, Louisiana
$108,030
n/a
28 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$106,890
720
29 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, South Carolina
$106,170
30
30 Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area, Idaho
$105,520
n/a
31 Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
$105,410
50
32 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$104,150
200
33 North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$103,560
60
34 Albuquerque, New Mexico
$102,470
50
35 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$101,970
1,350
36 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$100,960
300
37 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas
$98,170
60
38 Hawaii-Maui-Kauai nonmetropolitan area, Hawaii
$97,860
140
39 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$97,110
30
40 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$96,490
220
41 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$96,420
290
42 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$95,820
2,450
43 Spartanburg, South Carolina
$95,670
n/a
44 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$95,290
350
45 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Pennsylvania
$94,990
n/a
46 Western Central Nevada nonmetropolitan area, Nevada
$94,710
60
47 Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area, Minnesota
$93,100
50
48 East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area, Pennsylvania
$92,980
40
49 Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area, Mississippi
$92,800
n/a
50 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$92,750
1,220
51 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$92,720
390
52 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$92,370
40
53 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, USA
$92,300
480
54 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$91,910
1,360
55 Peoria, Illinois
$91,620
30
56 Redding, California
$91,180
40
57 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
$90,520
260
58 Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area, New Mexico
$90,500
40
59 El Paso, Texas
$90,440
30
60 Medford, Oregon
$90,320
40
61 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$90,180
380
62 Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska
$90,000
160
63 Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, South Carolina
$89,960
50
64 Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey
$89,650
n/a
65 Jacksonville, Florida
$89,620
330
66 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$89,620
190
67 Knoxville, Tennessee
$89,440
40
68 Wilmington, New Jersey
$89,400
250
69 Manchester, New Hampshire
$88,860
50
70 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, Louisiana
$88,730
240
71 Syracuse, New York
$88,680
40
72 Springfield, Missouri
$87,930
40
73 Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area, North Carolina
$87,860
60
74 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$87,670
350
75 Fargo, North Dakota
$87,660
80
76 Nashua, New Hampshire
$87,380
30
77 Tulsa, Oklahoma
$87,140
240
78 Greeley, Colorado
$87,050
n/a
79 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$86,970
1,100
80 Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area, Ohio
$86,510
40
81 West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area, Wisconsin
$86,390
n/a
82 West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area, Arkansas
$86,160
n/a
83 Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Virginia
$86,090
80
84 Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, USA
$86,080
30
85 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
$85,980
340
86 Wilmington, North Carolina
$85,820
30
87 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$85,580
n/a
88 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$84,980
370
89 South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area, Arkansas
$84,860
40
90 Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area, Alabama
$84,820
50
91 Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area, Alabama
$84,690
600
92 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
$84,650
50
93 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$84,650
350
94 Huntsville, Alabama
$84,560
180
95 Kansas City, Missouri
$84,560
160
96 Gary, Indiana
$84,230
70
97 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$84,160
490
98 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$83,990
1,090
99 Sioux City, South Dakota
$83,550
40
100 Midland, Texas
$83,490
60
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