Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

53-2011 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of 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)
66,270 4.1 % (4) $128,760 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $66,970 $87,240 $114,200 $154,100 (5)
(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)
Scheduled Air Transportation 57,840 13.84 (4) $130,410
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,400 0.17 (4) $97,470
Support Activities for Air Transportation 600 0.38 (4) $88,310
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 160 0.01 (4) $100,330
Technical and Trade Schools 140 0.09 (4) $91,330

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 57,840 13.84 (4) $130,410
Support Activities for Air Transportation 600 0.38 (4) $88,310
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 90 0.22 (4) $77,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,400 0.17 (4) $97,470
Technical and Trade Schools 140 0.09 (4) $91,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 57,840 13.84 (4) $130,410
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) (4) $108,830
Management of Companies and Enterprises 30 (7) (4) $105,070
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 160 0.01 (4) $100,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,400 0.17 (4) $97,470


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)
Georgia 7,380 1.94 3.80 (4) $138,820
California 6,420 0.45 0.88 (4) $120,720
Illinois 6,030 1.07 2.10 (4) $124,720
Florida 4,810 0.66 1.30 (4) $128,870
Texas 4,760 0.45 0.89 (4) $141,690




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 1,310 4.12 8.11 (4) $140,850
Georgia 7,380 1.94 3.80 (4) $138,820
Kentucky 2,880 1.63 3.21 (4) $145,650
Hawaii 670 1.14 2.24 (4) $153,240
Colorado 2,510 1.13 2.22 (4) $89,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,520 0.53 1.04 (4) $164,610
Hawaii 670 1.14 2.24 (4) $153,240
Kentucky 2,880 1.63 3.21 (4) $145,650
Texas 4,760 0.45 0.89 (4) $141,690
Alaska 1,310 4.12 8.11 (4) $140,850





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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 7,150 3.16 6.21 (8) (8)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,530 1.52 2.98 (4) $130,920
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,440 0.86 1.69 (4) $166,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,440 0.63 1.24 (4) $125,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,360 1.01 1.98 (4) $109,800
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,340 1.90 3.74 (4) $91,740
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,880 1.88 3.70 (4) $136,740
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,840 1.84 3.63 (4) $112,730
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,400 0.67 1.31 (4) $184,320
Anchorage, AK 1,140 6.59 12.95 (4) $151,070




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)
Anchorage, AK 1,140 6.59 12.95 (4) $151,070
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 7,150 3.16 6.21 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,340 1.90 3.74 (4) $91,740
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,880 1.88 3.70 (4) $136,740
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,840 1.84 3.63 (4) $112,730
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,530 1.52 2.98 (4) $130,920
Honolulu, HI 640 1.47 2.90 (4) $155,380
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 830 1.41 2.76 (4) $96,870
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 920 1.03 2.03 (4) $109,420
Great Falls, MT 40 1.02 2.01 (4) $78,890




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)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,400 0.67 1.31 (4) $184,320
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,440 0.86 1.69 (4) $166,080
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 930 0.92 1.81 (4) $164,360
Honolulu, HI 640 1.47 2.90 (4) $155,380
Anchorage, AK 1,140 6.59 12.95 (4) $151,070
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 990 0.70 1.37 (4) $141,580
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 540 0.32 0.62 (4) $140,060
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $138,370
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,880 1.88 3.70 (4) $136,740
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,530 1.52 2.98 (4) $130,920

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.43 0.85 (4) $75,130
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.18 2.31 (4) $74,480

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.18 2.31 (4) $74,480
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.43 0.85 (4) $75,130

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.43 0.85 (4) $75,130
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.18 2.31 (4) $74,480


About May 2012 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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