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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$54,820
25th Percentile Wage
$76,590
50th Percentile Wage
$111,930
75th Percentile Wage
$175,940
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

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 $175,940. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $111,930. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,820. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is almost 220% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$111,930
5.55% 12.08%
2016
$105,720
3.03% -
2015
$102,520
-0.85% -
2014
$103,390
1.97% -
2013
$101,350
2.90% -
2012
$98,410
- -

Table 2. 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 2. 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 transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $124,470. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $66,640).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$124,470
Finance and Insurance
$123,350
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$118,270
Utilities
$109,590
Manufacturing
$99,870
Information
$98,780
Federal, State, and Local Government
$96,970
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$96,820
Construction
$96,410
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$92,990
Mining
$91,920
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$91,810
Wholesale Trade
$87,230
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$81,530
Health Care and Social Assistance
$77,210
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$77,160
Educational Services
$74,370
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$69,170
Retail Trade
$66,640



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