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Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of aircraft pilots and flight engineers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of aircraft pilots and flight engineers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of aircraft pilots and flight engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The aircraft pilots and flight engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
No Data
75th Percentile Wage
$145,330
50th Percentile Wage
$103,390
25th Percentile Wage
$73,260
10th Percentile Wage
$46,750

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for aircraft pilots and flight engineers. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $145,330. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $103,390. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $46,750. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is almost 210% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Average Salary of Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers vs. Related Jobs

Table 3. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of aircraft pilots and flight engineers in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 3. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for aircraft pilots and flight engineers occupations is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector with an annual salary $114,580. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $67,960).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$114,580
Transportation and Warehousing
$110,540
Information
$110,250
Manufacturing
$107,600
Finance and Insurance
$104,850
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$102,630
Utilities
$95,160
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$95,150
Federal, State, and Local Government
$93,650
Mining
$91,930
Construction
$86,480
Wholesale Trade
$85,030
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$84,190
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$79,340
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$79,190
Retail Trade
$72,260
Health Care and Social Assistance
$70,440
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$68,350
Educational Services
$67,960

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