Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
81,350 5.2 % (4) $136,400 3.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $60,770 $85,730 $117,290 $163,130 (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 70,960 17.13 (4) $137,120
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,450 0.17 (4) $98,710
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,450 0.79 (4) $105,320
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 970 2.46 (4) $108,330
Technical and Trade Schools 320 0.22 (4) $73,870

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 70,960 17.13 (4) $137,120
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 970 2.46 (4) $108,330
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,450 0.79 (4) $105,320
Technical and Trade Schools 320 0.22 (4) $73,870
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,450 0.17 (4) $98,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) (4) $206,980
Scheduled Air Transportation 70,960 17.13 (4) $137,120
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 90 0.01 (4) $131,070
Other Financial Investment Activities (8) (8) (4) $119,310
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 970 2.46 (4) $108,330


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 9,360 0.81 1.37 (4) $189,860
Illinois 7,610 1.30 2.20 (4) $138,650
California 7,390 0.48 0.81 (4) $145,510
Georgia 7,270 1.77 3.00 (4) $100,950
New York 5,270 0.59 0.99 (4) $111,550




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 1,870 5.72 9.69 (4) $127,070
Georgia 7,270 1.77 3.00 (4) $100,950
Illinois 7,610 1.30 2.20 (4) $138,650
Arizona 3,280 1.27 2.15 (4) $134,490
Colorado 3,070 1.25 2.12 (4) $180,890




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 9,360 0.81 1.37 (4) $189,860
Colorado 3,070 1.25 2.12 (4) $180,890
Florida 4,340 0.55 0.93 (4) $154,040
California 7,390 0.48 0.81 (4) $145,510
Illinois 7,610 1.30 2.20 (4) $138,650





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-Roswell, GA 7,240 2.92 4.95 (8) (8)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,880 0.75 1.28 (4) $111,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,260 0.80 1.35 (4) $119,860
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,180 1.69 2.87 (4) $135,790
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 3,160 4.35 7.38 (4) $115,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,980 1.59 2.69 (4) $109,480
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,920 2.12 3.60 (4) $186,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,660 1.10 1.87 (4) $169,670
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 2,570 2.52 4.27 (4) $162,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.70 1.18 (4) $201,100




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 1,630 9.17 15.55 (4) $133,540
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 3,160 4.35 7.38 (4) $115,850
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 7,240 2.92 4.95 (8) (8)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 2,570 2.52 4.27 (4) $162,600
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,920 2.12 3.60 (4) $186,720
Salt Lake City, UT 1,200 1.82 3.09 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,180 1.69 2.87 (4) $135,790
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,980 1.59 2.69 (4) $109,480
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,660 1.10 1.87 (4) $169,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,260 0.80 1.35 (4) $119,860




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 1,630 0.70 1.18 (4) $201,100
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,920 2.12 3.60 (4) $186,720
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $181,820
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $177,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,660 1.10 1.87 (4) $169,670
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 2,570 2.52 4.27 (4) $162,600
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 680 0.62 1.06 (4) $143,410
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $138,970
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,180 1.69 2.87 (4) $135,790
Anchorage, AK 1,630 9.17 15.55 (4) $133,540

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 2.17 3.68 (4) $83,060
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.41 0.69 (4) $82,480
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.39 (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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 2.17 3.68 (4) $83,060
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.41 0.69 (4) $82,480
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.39 (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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 2.17 3.68 (4) $83,060
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.41 0.69 (4) $82,480
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $81,400


About May 2015 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 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 $187,200 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016