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 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 commercial pilots. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) commercial pilots is $147,240. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $77,200. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,430. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 273% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of commercial pilots from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of commercial pilots in 17 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 $108,030. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $65,960).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Educational Services|| |
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 $47,580 to $127,480. The highest paying state for commercial pilots is Connecticut with a median annual salary of $127,480. The lowest paying state is Oregon with a median annual salary of $47,580. 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|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New York|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |
|West Virginia|| |