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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$65,000
25th Percentile Wage
$87,930
50th Percentile Wage
$127,820
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 $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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016127,8208.24%10.66%
2015117,290-0.72%-
2014118,1402.50%-
2013115,1900.86%-
2012114,200--

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

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
$192,090
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$132,470
Transportation and Warehousing
$131,660
Wholesale Trade
$125,450
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$105,220
Educational Services
$101,230
Federal, State, and Local Government
$98,530

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 $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
Colorado
$180,180
California
$170,220
Texas
$165,130
Florida
$137,310
Massachusetts
$122,230
Illinois
$122,110
New Jersey
$118,690
Hawaii
$118,070
Virginia
$111,260
New York
$111,070
Louisiana
$104,150
Alaska
$103,450
Indiana
$102,410
Arkansas
$102,410
Kansas
$101,380
Alabama
$101,320
South Carolina
$101,320
Oklahoma
$101,200
Iowa
$99,560
New Hampshire
$98,580
Wisconsin
$98,520
New Mexico
$98,510
Minnesota
$95,530
Kentucky
$93,900
West Virginia
$92,330
Tennessee
$89,660
Idaho
$89,440
Ohio
$88,980
Georgia
$87,940
Washington
$87,060
Missouri
$84,890
Mississippi
$82,860
Connecticut
$77,570
Montana
$71,030
Puerto Rico
$60,420


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