Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2006

53-2012 Commercial Pilots

Pilot and navigate the flight of small fixed or rotary winged aircraft, primarily for the transport of cargo and passengers. Requires Commercial Rating. Include aircraft instructors with similar certification.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
27,120 2.7 % (4) $66,720 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $28,450 $40,780 $57,480 $83,760 $115,220
(4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 7,470 (4) $65,040
Technical and Trade Schools 3,740 (4) $49,560
Support Activities for Air Transportation 3,440 (4) $61,560
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 1,720 (4) $58,380
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,450 (4) $81,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (4) $105,560
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 540 (4) $91,280
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 40 (4) $87,680
Wired Telecommunications Carriers (8) (4) $86,810
Insurance Carriers 110 (4) $81,770

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 550 (4) $60,410 0.181%
Montana 350 (4) $54,570 0.082%
Louisiana 1,130 (4) $58,440 0.064%
North Dakota 210 (4) $52,130 0.063%
South Dakota 190 (4) $45,620 0.050%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Ohio 1,650 (4) $119,000 0.031%
Illinois 290 (4) $90,030 0.005%
Hawaii 170 (4) $85,020 0.028%
New York 250 (4) $77,860 0.003%
New Hampshire 150 (4) $74,460 0.024%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 220 (4) $60,980 0.255%
Billings, MT 180 (4) $58,020 0.225%
Fairbanks, AK 70 (4) $51,200 0.189%
Lake Charles, LA 140 (4) $53,880 0.162%
Lafayette, LA 210 (4) $57,730 0.150%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Akron, OH 40 (4) $120,010 0.012%
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 70 (4) $109,810 0.021%
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (4) $107,220 (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 180 (4) $103,120 0.005%
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 490 (4) $99,870 0.048%

About May 2006 National, State, Metropolitan, and nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files (XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2006 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2006 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped Excel files

Technical notes

Last Modified Date: December 6, 2007

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