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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Commercial Pilots Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of commercial pilots from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$78,740
1.96% 6.93%
2016
$77,200
1.36% -
2015
$76,150
0.70% -
2014
$75,620
1.52% -
2013
$74,470
1.60% -
2012
$73,280
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Table 2. Commercial Pilots Salary by Industry Sector

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
$120,710
Utilities
$110,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$103,710
Manufacturing
$99,300
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$97,610
Information
$94,760
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$91,380
Mining
$91,230
Construction
$89,730
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$89,580
Wholesale Trade
$86,540
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$81,530
Health Care and Social Assistance
$77,240
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$77,160
Transportation and Warehousing
$76,010
Federal, State, and Local Government
$75,630
Educational Services
$73,180
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$69,170
Retail Trade
$66,020

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 $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
Connecticut
$102,960
New Mexico
$102,720
South Carolina
$101,830
Maryland
$101,440
Illinois
$99,230
Texas
$93,320
Mississippi
$92,990
Delaware
$92,290
Oklahoma
$92,060
Hawaii
$91,730
District of Columbia
$90,460
Georgia
$89,660
Rhode Island
$88,590
New Hampshire
$88,280
Virginia
$87,440
Alabama
$85,060
Washington
$85,030
New York
$82,160
Nebraska
$81,440
Missouri
$81,340
Colorado
$81,290
California
$80,310
Kentucky
$80,130
Kansas
$78,430
Ohio
$77,510
Louisiana
$76,860
Nevada
$76,200
Minnesota
$75,230
Indiana
$74,290
New Jersey
$74,260
Utah
$73,880
Arizona
$73,690
Pennsylvania
$73,350
Iowa
$73,280
Vermont
$72,920
Alaska
$72,670
Wyoming
$72,340
Massachusetts
$71,700
Arkansas
$71,160
Wisconsin
$70,790
Tennessee
$70,080
West Virginia
$69,990
North Carolina
$68,410
Michigan
$67,770
North Dakota
$66,670
Idaho
$64,610
Montana
$63,710
Florida
$63,120
South Dakota
$61,150
Puerto Rico
$57,070
Maine
$55,800
Oregon
$55,670



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