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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Commercial Pilots Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,430
25th Percentile Wage
$55,900
50th Percentile Wage
$77,200
75th Percentile Wage
$105,620
90th Percentile Wage
$147,240

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of commercial pilots from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201677,2001.36%5.08%
201576,1500.70%-
201475,6201.52%-
201374,4701.60%-
201273,280--

Table 2. Commercial Pilots Salary by Industry Sector

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
$108,030
Manufacturing
$102,250
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$99,040
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$97,610
Utilities
$96,620
Information
$94,760
Mining
$93,520
Construction
$87,550
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$85,700
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$85,550
Wholesale Trade
$83,590
Health Care and Social Assistance
$75,800
Transportation and Warehousing
$75,540
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$73,600
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$73,340
Federal, State, and Local Government
$72,830
Educational Services
$65,960

Table 3. 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 $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
Connecticut
$127,480
Illinois
$109,660
New Mexico
$107,760
South Carolina
$96,210
Maryland
$95,490
Delaware
$92,340
Alabama
$89,390
Oklahoma
$89,100
Virginia
$87,440
Texas
$86,310
Pennsylvania
$83,040
New Jersey
$83,020
Colorado
$82,300
California
$82,060
Washington
$81,440
Kansas
$81,410
Nebraska
$81,100
Missouri
$80,110
New York
$80,020
Georgia
$79,680
Ohio
$78,060
Hawaii
$76,520
Mississippi
$74,750
Nevada
$74,450
Wyoming
$73,810
Wisconsin
$73,690
Arkansas
$72,900
Iowa
$72,740
North Carolina
$72,710
Michigan
$71,580
Louisiana
$71,360
Kentucky
$70,350
Idaho
$69,350
Arizona
$69,250
New Hampshire
$68,740
Indiana
$67,370
Massachusetts
$66,920
Alaska
$65,810
Montana
$65,220
North Dakota
$64,510
Tennessee
$64,460
Florida
$61,810
South Dakota
$61,130
Vermont
$60,490
Minnesota
$58,710
Puerto Rico
$57,070
West Virginia
$54,390
Maine
$51,930
Utah
$48,310
Oregon
$47,580


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