Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

53-2012 Commercial Pilots

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots. Excludes regional, National, and international airline pilots.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
31,630 3.0 % (4) $76,050 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $36,240 $50,850 $70,000 $92,340 $124,850
(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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 11,410 27.79 (4) $78,010
Technical and Trade Schools 4,540 2.89 (4) $66,070
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,770 1.70 (4) $71,440
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 1,960 0.76 (4) $68,090
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,160 0.39 (4) $61,010

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 11,410 27.79 (4) $78,010
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other 550 26.99 (4) $68,150
Technical and Trade Schools 4,540 2.89 (4) $66,070
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,770 1.70 (4) $71,440
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 1,960 0.76 (4) $68,090

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 860 0.18 (4) $102,850
Spectator Sports 80 0.06 (4) $99,970
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 50 0.01 (4) $96,810
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 30 0.01 (4) $96,380
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 440 0.04 (4) $95,760


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 4,410 0.43 1.74 (4) $78,070
Florida 3,080 0.43 1.75 (4) $75,800
California 2,580 0.18 0.75 (4) $80,220
Arizona 1,250 0.53 2.14 (4) $69,840
Michigan 950 0.25 1.00 (4) $79,340




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 810 2.60 10.54 (4) $76,180
North Dakota 270 0.73 2.95 (4) $52,790
Montana 270 0.63 2.57 (4) $54,950
Nevada 630 0.57 2.30 (4) $73,980
Arizona 1,250 0.53 2.14 (4) $69,840




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 280 0.18 0.72 (4) $112,990
Delaware 70 0.18 0.73 (4) $98,690
New Jersey 470 0.12 0.51 (4) $92,590
Maryland 120 0.05 0.20 (4) $90,190
Georgia 760 0.20 0.81 (4) $89,310





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,400 0.55 2.22 (4) $71,410
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 970 0.57 2.31 (4) $65,220
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 900 0.44 1.78 (4) $83,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 810 0.21 0.86 (4) $82,510
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 700 0.72 2.90 (4) $77,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 530 0.24 0.96 (4) $85,650
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 510 0.63 2.58 (4) $73,460
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 510 0.73 2.97 (4) $84,810
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 460 0.34 1.37 (4) $77,570
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 460 0.47 1.89 (4) $59,330




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fairbanks, AK 190 5.33 21.64 (4) $75,260
Grand Forks, ND-MN 120 2.51 10.16 (4) $48,880
Ann Arbor, MI 410 2.16 8.76 (4) $79,540
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 170 1.59 6.46 (8) (8)
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 130 1.45 5.89 (4) $72,860
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 60 1.31 5.30 (4) $66,040
Lake Charles, LA 110 1.30 5.26 (4) $61,350
Medford, OR 90 1.28 5.17 (4) $89,030
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 170 1.11 4.52 (4) $88,530
Bismarck, ND 70 1.09 4.43 (4) $63,610




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
El Centro, CA (8) (8) (8) (4) $118,050
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 50 0.08 0.34 (4) $115,290
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 180 0.44 1.78 (4) $114,220
Salt Lake City, UT 110 0.18 0.72 (4) $112,420
Jackson, MS 70 0.30 1.20 (4) $112,310
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 60 0.18 0.73 (4) $107,650
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 120 0.24 0.98 (4) $107,380
Jacksonville, FL 170 0.29 1.18 (4) $105,860
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $100,490
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.22 0.90 (4) $100,180

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 560 6.53 26.48 (4) $85,690
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 4.08 16.55 (4) $77,040
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 170 4.75 19.26 (4) $62,990
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 1.65 6.68 (4) $77,090
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 130 1.01 4.09 (4) $72,850

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 560 6.53 26.48 (4) $85,690
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 170 4.75 19.26 (4) $62,990
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 4.08 16.55 (4) $77,040
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 1.65 6.68 (4) $77,090
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 100 1.54 6.24 (4) $81,510

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 1.31 (4) $110,210
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.39 1.58 (4) $106,010
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $96,850
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $95,580
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.42 1.72 (4) $94,270


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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