The salary statistics of commercial pilots are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of commercial pilots within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The commercial pilots 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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$43,570|
|25th Percentile Wage||$58,910|
|50th Percentile Wage||$78,740|
|75th Percentile Wage||$106,990|
|90th Percentile Wage||$152,180|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for commercial pilots. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) commercial pilots is $152,180. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $78,740. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,570. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 249% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of commercial pilots from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of commercial pilots in 19 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 commercial pilots occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $120,710. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $66,020).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
From the above tables we note that not only commercial pilots 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 commercial pilots in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $55,670 to $102,960. The highest paying state for commercial pilots is Connecticut with a median annual salary of $102,960. The lowest paying state is Oregon with a median annual salary of $55,670. For more salary information of commercial pilots profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|New Mexico|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New York|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |