Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
37,340 4.4 % (4) $80,800 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $36,850 $52,520 $74,470 $100,480 $136,890
(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 14,330 37.40 (4) $80,620
Technical and Trade Schools 4,110 2.77 (4) $73,640
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,950 1.78 (4) $82,850
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 2,830 1.04 (4) $71,370
Scheduled Air Transportation 2,260 0.54 (4) $74,660

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 14,330 37.40 (4) $80,620
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other 560 23.19 (4) $73,440
Technical and Trade Schools 4,110 2.77 (4) $73,640
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,950 1.78 (4) $82,850
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 2,830 1.04 (4) $71,370

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wired Telecommunications Carriers (8) (8) (4) $111,720
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.02 (4) $107,560
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing (8) (8) (4) $104,040
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 990 0.20 (4) $103,010
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 30 0.14 (4) $101,370


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 5,500 0.50 1.79 (4) $92,150
Florida 3,030 0.41 1.44 (4) $82,080
California 3,000 0.20 0.72 (4) $88,050
Ohio 2,980 0.58 2.07 (4) $55,620
Michigan 1,360 0.34 1.21 (4) $74,310




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 770 2.39 8.50 (4) $72,450
Montana 310 0.70 2.49 (4) $70,290
Alabama 1,140 0.62 2.19 (4) $83,940
Ohio 2,980 0.58 2.07 (4) $55,620
Louisiana 1,060 0.56 1.99 (4) $74,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 600 0.16 0.56 (4) $110,610
Connecticut 480 0.29 1.04 (4) $100,320
Minnesota 540 0.20 0.71 (4) $99,290
Georgia 990 0.26 0.91 (4) $99,250
Mississippi 320 0.30 1.06 (4) $95,070





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 1,850 0.67 2.38 (4) $98,930
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.66 2.36 (4) $90,910
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 980 0.55 1.96 (4) $65,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 940 0.24 0.84 (4) $103,870
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 650 0.12 0.44 (4) $117,050
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 630 0.27 0.98 (4) $97,630
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 620 0.60 2.14 (4) $98,800
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 540 0.53 1.88 (4) $66,590
Pittsburgh, PA 500 0.44 1.56 (4) $68,370
St. Louis, MO-IL 490 0.38 1.35 (4) $77,340




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 3.72 13.23 (4) $79,130
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 250 2.55 9.07 (4) $81,520
Missoula, MT 120 2.15 7.62 (4) $65,480
Grand Forks, ND-MN 100 2.00 7.12 (4) $51,250
Savannah, GA 260 1.74 6.17 (4) $109,900
Wichita, KS 400 1.42 5.05 (4) $79,290
Prescott, AZ 70 1.28 4.54 (4) $43,770
Anchorage, AK 220 1.26 4.47 (4) $74,530
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 230 1.19 4.22 (4) $73,310
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 180 1.15 4.10 (4) $98,530




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)
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) (4) $199,160
Waco, TX 50 0.44 1.57 (4) $135,020
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 40 0.17 0.61 (4) $123,250
Tucson, AZ 120 0.34 1.22 (4) $121,790
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 650 0.12 0.44 (4) $117,050
Montgomery, AL 40 0.26 0.93 (4) $115,390
Jackson, MS 70 0.29 1.02 (4) $113,540
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 80 0.15 0.53 (4) $112,350
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 450 0.31 1.10 (4) $109,970
Savannah, GA 260 1.74 6.17 (4) $109,900

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 570 6.84 24.29 (4) $91,510
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 310 4.17 14.82 (4) $73,560
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 210 1.54 5.48 (4) $84,330
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 3.11 11.04 (4) $57,110
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 110 0.68 2.40 (4) $91,970

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 570 6.84 24.29 (4) $91,510
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 310 4.17 14.82 (4) $73,560
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 3.11 11.04 (4) $57,110
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 210 1.54 5.48 (4) $84,330
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.73 2.58 (4) $72,400

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $122,340
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $115,460
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $114,870
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $105,000
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $100,720


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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