Commercial Pilots Salary Information

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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Commercial Pilots Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$141,210
75th Percentile Wage
$104,160
50th Percentile Wage
$75,620
25th Percentile Wage
$52,450
10th Percentile Wage
$35,250

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 $141,210. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $75,620. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,250. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 300% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $75,620 1.54%
2013 $74,470 1.62%
2012 $73,280 4.69%
2011 $70,000 3.70%
2010 $67,500 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for commercial pilots from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 12.03%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 1.62%. We also note that the average annual wage had a relatively large growth of 4.69% in 2012 and a relatively large growth of 3.70% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Commercial Pilots vs. Related Jobs

Table 4. Commercial Pilots Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of commercial pilots in 19 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 commercial pilots occupations is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector with an annual salary $111,160. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $66,760).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$111,160
Information
$110,550
Manufacturing
$107,230
Utilities
$94,990
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$94,880
Finance and Insurance
$91,140
Mining
$89,140
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$87,060
Construction
$86,350
Wholesale Trade
$80,860
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$80,390
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$79,700
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$77,410
Transportation and Warehousing
$73,180
Retail Trade
$72,910
Health Care and Social Assistance
$70,410
Federal, State, and Local Government
$70,210
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$67,770
Educational Services
$66,760

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Commercial Pilots by States

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 $46,660 to $110,160. The highest paying state for commercial pilots is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $110,160. The lowest paying state is Maine with a median annual salary of $46,660. For more salary information of commercial pilots profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Jersey
$110,160
Connecticut
$104,730
Arkansas
$98,180
Delaware
$95,690
Illinois
$93,900
Alabama
$91,970
Virginia
$89,730
Hawaii
$87,610
California
$86,760
Pennsylvania
$86,200
South Carolina
$85,060
Texas
$85,050
New Mexico
$85,020
Mississippi
$84,950
New York
$84,020
Washington
$81,070
Colorado
$77,000
Georgia
$76,830
Iowa
$76,820
Louisiana
$76,050
Tennessee
$75,240
North Carolina
$74,800
Maryland
$72,970
Kentucky
$72,610
Oklahoma
$72,290
Florida
$72,000
Alaska
$71,820
Kansas
$71,160
Wyoming
$71,120
Michigan
$71,040
Nevada
$70,380
New Hampshire
$68,260
Minnesota
$67,510
Wisconsin
$67,110
Montana
$67,030
Missouri
$66,820
Indiana
$64,570
Nebraska
$64,460
Arizona
$62,350
South Dakota
$60,210
Idaho
$60,120
North Dakota
$57,030
Massachusetts
$56,160
Vermont
$55,300
West Virginia
$54,390
Puerto Rico
$53,190
Oregon
$51,190
Ohio
$47,880
Maine
$46,660