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 2014 and published in May 2015 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
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 $160,520. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $118,140. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $64,780. 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 147% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
|Year||Average Annual Salary||Growth (%)|
Table 2 shows the salary trend for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 14.47%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 0.87%. We also note that the average annual wage had a sizable growth of 8.16% in 2012 and a moderate growth of 2.30% in 2011.
|Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers|| |
|Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers|| |
|Commercial Pilots|| |
|Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialists|| |
|Air Traffic Controllers|| |
|Airfield Operations Specialists|| |
|Flight Attendants|| |
The average salaries of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. 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 wholesale trade sector with an annual salary $125,450. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $73,500).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
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 $139,420. The highest paying state for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers is Florida with a median annual salary of $139,420. 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|
|New York|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |