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 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th 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 $195,550. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $127,820. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $65,000. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is almost 200% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers in 7 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 $192,090. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $98,530).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
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 $60,420 to $180,180. The highest paying state for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers is Colorado with a median annual salary of $180,180. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $60,420. 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 Jersey|| |
|New York|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |