Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
75,760 4.0 % (4) $131,760 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $64,780 $88,830 $118,140 $160,520 (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 66,000 16.21 (4) $132,850
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,490 0.18 (4) $98,070
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,380 0.80 (4) $107,880
Technical and Trade Schools 420 0.28 (4) $77,800
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 0.00 (4) $100,800

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 66,000 16.21 (4) $132,850
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,380 0.80 (4) $107,880
Technical and Trade Schools 420 0.28 (4) $77,800
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,490 0.18 (4) $98,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 0.00 (4) $100,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 66,000 16.21 (4) $132,850
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) (4) $122,060
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,380 0.80 (4) $107,880
Other Financial Investment Activities (8) (8) (4) $105,740
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) (4) $101,820


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 7,660 1.92 3.43 (4) $145,060
California 6,760 0.45 0.80 (4) $134,010
Illinois 6,590 1.14 2.04 (4) $120,250
Texas 4,960 0.44 0.79 (8) (8)
New York 4,820 0.55 0.98 (4) $130,610




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 1,760 5.41 9.64 (4) $135,850
Georgia 7,660 1.92 3.43 (4) $145,060
Colorado 3,220 1.36 2.43 (4) $139,030
Arizona 3,280 1.30 2.31 (4) $132,640
Minnesota 3,260 1.19 2.13 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 4,700 0.61 1.09 (4) $158,220
Georgia 7,660 1.92 3.43 (4) $145,060
Colorado 3,220 1.36 2.43 (4) $139,030
Alaska 1,760 5.41 9.64 (4) $135,850
California 6,760 0.45 0.80 (4) $134,010





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 7,620 3.19 5.69 (4) $145,310
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,530 1.74 3.10 (4) $120,530
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,740 0.88 1.57 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,240 1.78 3.17 (8) (8)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,240 1.14 2.03 (4) $152,390
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,170 1.74 3.10 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 3,040 2.29 4.09 (4) $143,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,870 0.71 1.26 (4) $127,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,690 1.13 2.02 (4) $119,670
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,430 2.32 4.15 (4) $177,070




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 1,500 8.48 15.13 (4) $145,450
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 7,620 3.19 5.69 (4) $145,310
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,430 2.32 4.15 (4) $177,070
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 3,040 2.29 4.09 (4) $143,490
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 2,370 2.18 3.89 (4) $135,730
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,240 1.78 3.17 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,170 1.74 3.10 (8) (8)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,530 1.74 3.10 (4) $120,530
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 1,460 1.55 2.77 (4) $114,770
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,910 1.28 2.29 (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)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.47 0.84 (4) $192,660
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,430 2.32 4.15 (4) $177,070
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,240 1.14 2.03 (4) $152,390
Anchorage, AK 1,500 8.48 15.13 (4) $145,450
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 7,620 3.19 5.69 (4) $145,310
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 3,040 2.29 4.09 (4) $143,490
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 2,370 2.18 3.89 (4) $135,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,870 0.71 1.26 (4) $127,880
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.07 (4) $123,350
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,530 1.74 3.10 (4) $120,530

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 170 2.21 3.94 (4) $81,430
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 0.76 (4) $80,730
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 0.28 (8) (8)

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 170 2.21 3.94 (4) $81,430
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 0.76 (4) $80,730
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 0.28 (8) (8)

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 170 2.21 3.94 (4) $81,430
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 0.76 (4) $80,730
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $79,570


About May 2014 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.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015