Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineer Salary Information in Illinois

The average annual and hourly salaries for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in the state of Illinois are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers amongst Illinois areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers in Illinois

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$48,160
25th Percentile Wage
$83,480
50th Percentile Wage
$124,450
75th Percentile Wage
$172,860
90th Percentile Wage
$186,710

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $186,710. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $124,450. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $48,160.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$124,450
1.88% 9.36%
2016
$122,110
3.26% -
2015
$118,130
6.51% -
2014
$110,440
2.29% -
2013
$107,910
-4.53% -
2012
$112,800
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers in Illinois Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in some Illinois cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in state of Illinois ranges from $124,740 to $124,860. The highest paying area for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in Illinois is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division) with a median annual salary of $124,860. The lowest paying area is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area) with a median annual salary of $124,740.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$124,860
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$124,740




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