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Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The airline pilots, copilots, 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. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$68,230
25th Percentile Wage
$92,500
50th Percentile Wage
$137,330
75th Percentile Wage
$195,550
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $195,550. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $137,330. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $68,230. 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 186% 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 airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$137,330
6.92% 16.84%
2016
$127,820
8.24% -
2015
$117,290
-0.72% -
2014
$118,140
2.50% -
2013
$115,190
0.86% -
2012
$114,200
- -

Table 2. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in 11 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 airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $189,990. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $75,100).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$189,990
Transportation and Warehousing
$141,860
Finance and Insurance
$138,520
Manufacturing
$137,930
Educational Services
$132,810
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$132,470
Construction
$127,130
Wholesale Trade
$125,450
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$108,090
Federal, State, and Local Government
$100,180
Health Care and Social Assistance
$75,100

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers by States

From the above tables we note that not only airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $55,060 to $198,370. The highest paying state for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers is California with a median annual salary of $198,370. The lowest paying state is Virgin Islands with a median annual salary of $55,060. For more salary information of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$198,370
Colorado
$194,310
Nevada
$189,540
Pennsylvania
$174,630
Texas
$164,860
Florida
$150,770
Illinois
$124,450
New Hampshire
$119,590
New Jersey
$118,690
Hawaii
$118,070
Alaska
$117,650
Michigan
$117,070
Nebraska
$116,980
North Dakota
$114,680
Virginia
$111,260
Connecticut
$110,200
New York
$106,600
Delaware
$105,590
Indiana
$105,210
Wisconsin
$104,570
Alabama
$102,970
South Carolina
$102,970
Utah
$101,730
Kansas
$101,380
North Carolina
$98,870
New Mexico
$97,530
Louisiana
$97,030
Maine
$96,970
Iowa
$96,960
Oklahoma
$96,960
Arkansas
$95,880
Minnesota
$95,520
West Virginia
$94,790
Kentucky
$93,900
Georgia
$93,450
South Dakota
$93,440
Ohio
$90,890
Washington
$87,060
Missouri
$84,890
Mississippi
$84,200
Tennessee
$83,760
Arizona
$82,560
Massachusetts
$77,910
Idaho
$76,980
Oregon
$75,180
Wyoming
$74,850
Montana
$70,390
Puerto Rico
$60,940
Virgin Islands
$55,060



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