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

The top 27 highest paying industries 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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $131,670, insurance carriers and related activities is the highest paying industry for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers. It is followed by machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers industry (average annual salary $128,520). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 27 Highest Paying Industries for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$131,670
n/a
2 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$128,520
n/a
3 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$128,520
n/a
4 Wholesale Trade
$125,450
n/a
5 Transportation and Warehousing
$120,810
70,640
6 Scheduled Air Transportation
$120,070
66,000
7 Air Transportation
$119,770
66,700
8 Manufacturing
$116,660
80
9 Finance and Insurance
$112,350
n/a
10 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$106,520
n/a
11 Other Financial Investment Activities
$104,880
n/a
12 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$104,290
210
13 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$100,040
n/a
14 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$99,670
60
15 Federal government, including USPS
$97,240
3,490
16 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$97,240
3,490
17 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$97,020
n/a
18 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$97,020
3,510
19 Federal, State, and Local Government
$97,020
3,510
20 Support Activities for Air Transportation
$96,160
1,380
21 Support Activities for Transportation
$96,110
1,380
22 Nonscheduled Air Transportation
$93,020
n/a
23 Educational Services
$84,110
420
24 Educational Services - Privately owned
$83,570
420
25 Technical and trade schools - Privately owned
$83,330
420
26 Technical and Trade Schools
$83,330
420
27 Health Care and Social Assistance
$73,500
n/a
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