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Highest Paying Industries for Commercial Pilots

The top 100 highest paying industries 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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $115,410, computer and electronic product manufacturing is the highest paying industry for commercial pilots. It is followed by aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry (average annual salary $115,340). 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 commercial pilots in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Commercial Pilots

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$115,410
30
2 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$115,340
900
3 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$115,170
930
4 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$114,900
n/a
5 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$113,330
n/a
6 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$112,670
n/a
7 Employment Services
$112,160
150
8 Telecommunications
$112,090
n/a
9 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$111,160
730
10 Administrative and Support Services
$111,030
690
11 Information
$110,550
200
12 Other Financial Investment Activities
$109,110
60
13 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$108,550
60
14 Scientific Research and Development Services
$108,550
60
15 Manufacturing
$107,230
1,400
16 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$105,530
40
17 Insurance Carriers
$96,560
120
18 Chemical Manufacturing
$95,430
30
19 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$95,050
70
20 Utilities
$94,990
n/a
21 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$94,880
1,440
22 Office Administrative Services
$94,560
280
23 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$94,340
n/a
24 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$94,030
100
25 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$93,750
60
26 Oil and Gas Extraction
$93,110
160
27 Activities Related to Real Estate
$92,640
60
28 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$92,480
110
29 Spectator Sports
$92,330
100
30 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$92,100
140
31 Nonresidential Building Construction
$91,180
70
32 Finance and Insurance
$91,140
260
33 Engineering Services
$90,960
320
34 Construction of Buildings
$90,700
70
35 Mining
$89,140
210
36 Machinery Manufacturing
$88,940
120
37 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$88,120
50
38 Real Estate
$87,320
120
39 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$87,160
460
40 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$87,060
30
41 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$86,870
80
42 Land Subdivision
$86,410
n/a
43 Construction
$86,350
290
44 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$86,120
n/a
45 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$86,040
160
46 Support Activities for Crop Production
$85,170
1,030
47 Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry
$84,420
1,050
48 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$84,280
420
49 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$83,730
230
50 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$81,790
30
51 Wholesale Trade
$80,860
400
52 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$80,390
1,620
53 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$79,980
500
54 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$79,850
480
55 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$79,700
1,230
56 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$77,560
110
57 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$77,410
n/a
58 Food Manufacturing
$76,600
30
59 Hospitals - Privately owned
$74,790
110
60 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$74,650
110
61 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$74,640
110
62 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$74,640
110
63 Nonscheduled Air Transportation
$74,180
13,990
64 Air Transportation
$73,510
n/a
65 Transportation and Warehousing
$73,180
20,390
66 Support Activities for Transportation
$72,930
3,160
67 Retail Trade
$72,910
50
68 Support Activities for Air Transportation
$72,880
3,130
69 Nonstore Retailers
$72,380
30
70 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$72,200
30
71 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$72,080
50
72 Technical and trade schools - Privately owned
$70,940
4,370
73 Technical and Trade Schools
$70,760
4,390
74 Health Care and Social Assistance
$70,410
3,400
75 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$70,240
3,280
76 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$70,210
950
77 Federal, State, and Local Government
$70,210
950
78 Ambulance Services
$70,190
3,200
79 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$70,170
3,260
80 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$69,500
70
81 Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other
$68,790
390
82 Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation
$68,790
390
83 Lessors of Real Estate
$68,680
60
84 Educational Services - Privately owned
$68,270
4,640
85 Couriers and Express Delivery Services
$68,030
190
86 Couriers and Messengers
$68,030
190
87 Scheduled Air Transportation
$67,930
n/a
88 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$67,840
1,190
89 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$67,770
310
90 Educational Services
$66,760
4,890
91 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$65,190
460
92 Legal Services
$62,670
50
93 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,630
540
94 State government, including schools and hospitals
$61,150
680
95 Support Activities for Mining
$59,180
40
96 Truck Transportation
$53,010
n/a
97 General Freight Trucking
$52,870
n/a
98 Educational Services - State government owned
$48,710
230
99 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$47,430
210
100 Rental and Leasing Services
$46,580
160
See also: Highest paying cities for commercial pilots.