Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
34,990 3.0 % (4) $80,140 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $38,520 $53,050 $73,280 $96,810 $134,990
(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 12,870 31.42 (4) $82,180
Technical and Trade Schools 4,540 2.93 (4) $70,770
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,800 1.75 (4) $74,850
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 2,660 1.01 (4) $72,510
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,880 0.45 (4) $87,600

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 12,870 31.42 (4) $82,180
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other 580 25.76 (4) $68,660
Technical and Trade Schools 4,540 2.93 (4) $70,770
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,800 1.75 (4) $74,850
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 2,660 1.01 (4) $72,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Building Construction (8) (8) (4) $134,660
Wired Telecommunications Carriers (8) (8) (4) $108,190
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,000 0.20 (4) $102,430
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 570 0.05 (4) $101,820
Employment Services 60 (7) (4) $101,420


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 5,290 0.50 1.86 (4) $90,890
Florida 3,090 0.43 1.58 (4) $80,340
California 2,970 0.21 0.77 (4) $81,790
Ohio 1,590 0.31 1.17 (4) $65,180
Arizona 1,420 0.59 2.20 (4) $70,040




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 860 2.70 10.06 (4) $73,700
North Dakota 270 0.67 2.49 (4) $53,500
Alabama 1,120 0.61 2.29 (4) $80,560
Montana 260 0.59 2.21 (4) $66,960
Arizona 1,420 0.59 2.20 (4) $70,040




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Georgia 780 0.20 0.76 (4) $105,030
Minnesota 390 0.15 0.55 (4) $101,210
Massachusetts 520 0.16 0.60 (4) $100,920
New Jersey 670 0.18 0.66 (4) $100,350
Connecticut 450 0.28 1.03 (4) $100,340





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 1,910 0.72 2.69 (4) $97,970
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.56 2.09 (4) $93,990
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,060 0.61 2.27 (4) $65,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 910 0.24 0.88 (4) $84,210
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 610 0.85 3.15 (4) $90,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 600 0.26 0.98 (4) $99,820
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 560 0.11 0.40 (4) $118,760
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 540 0.54 2.03 (4) $66,080
St. Louis, MO-IL 530 0.42 1.55 (4) $82,200
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 510 0.51 1.89 (4) $79,920




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 130 3.71 13.81 (4) $75,510
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 220 2.34 8.73 (4) $81,720
Grand Forks, ND-MN 100 2.10 7.82 (4) $50,430
Lake Havasu City - Kingman, AZ 60 1.41 5.26 (4) $66,200
Wichita, KS 370 1.33 4.97 (4) $86,060
Anchorage, AK 220 1.28 4.76 (4) $75,130
Bismarck, ND 70 1.12 4.16 (4) $63,210
Medford, OR 80 1.03 3.82 (8) (8)
Missoula, MT 60 1.00 3.74 (4) $65,630
Corvallis, OR 30 0.98 3.63 (8) (8)




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)
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) (4) $165,070
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 560 0.11 0.40 (4) $118,760
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 50 0.19 0.72 (4) $116,770
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 180 0.36 1.34 (4) $112,100
Jackson, MS 80 0.32 1.19 (4) $111,430
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 290 0.71 2.64 (4) $109,710
Montgomery, AL 50 0.29 1.07 (4) $108,090
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 490 0.28 1.06 (4) $102,390
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 120 0.10 0.38 (4) $102,160
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 90 0.16 0.61 (4) $100,920

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 650 7.73 28.79 (4) $83,050
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 360 4.96 18.46 (4) $74,390
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 4.14 15.44 (4) $68,080
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.02 3.78 (4) $74,120
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.95 3.54 (4) $52,950

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 650 7.73 28.79 (4) $83,050
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 360 4.96 18.46 (4) $74,390
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 4.14 15.44 (4) $68,080
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 1.06 3.95 (4) $45,670
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.02 3.78 (4) $74,120

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $110,910
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $110,530
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $99,330
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 90 0.58 2.17 (4) $96,290
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $91,000


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.

(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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