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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$51,130
25th Percentile Wage
$73,660
50th Percentile Wage
$105,720
75th Percentile Wage
$162,310
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 $162,310. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $105,720. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $51,130. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is almost 217% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of aircraft pilots and flight engineers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016105,7203.03%6.91%
2015102,520-0.85%-
2014103,3901.97%-
2013101,3502.90%-
201298,410--

Table 2. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of aircraft pilots and flight engineers in 18 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 management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $118,270. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $67,720).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$118,270
Transportation and Warehousing
$116,570
Finance and Insurance
$112,420
Manufacturing
$102,910
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$101,530
Information
$98,780
Utilities
$96,620
Federal, State, and Local Government
$96,000
Construction
$94,250
Mining
$94,190
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$87,330
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$87,240
Wholesale Trade
$85,330
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$78,680
Health Care and Social Assistance
$75,760
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$73,600
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$73,340
Educational Services
$67,720


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