$117k $117k
75k 75k
1.1% 1.1%
4.0/5 4.0/5
Bachelors Bachelors

How much does a Pilot make in the United States?

Average Pilot Yearly Salary in the United States

Pilots earn a median salary of $117,290 per year.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Employment Type Mix

61%
Full-Time
39%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.5
SCORE
106
RATINGS
Pilots average a score of 3.5 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Pilots in the 87th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Pilot Earnings by Seniority

Senior Pilot Earnings

Senior Pilots in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $163,130
per year
Experienced Pilot Earnings

Experienced Pilots in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $117,290
per year
Junior Pilot Earnings

Junior Pilots in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $85,730
per year
Starting Pilot Earnings

Starting Pilots in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $60,770
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Pilot salary comparison

Pilots earn more than 98% percent of Services careers. Pilot salaries are in the top 99% of all careers in the United States.

Air Traffic Controller Salary $122k
Pilot Salary $118k
Urban Planner Salary $68k
Fire Inspector Salary $56k
Funeral Director Salary $48k
Family Social Worker Salary $42k
Meter Reader Salary $38k
Garbage Collector Salary $33k
Switchboard Operator Salary $27k
Taxi Driver Salary $23k
Hostess Salary $19k
Source:

Historical salary for Pilots in the United States

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pilot salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Pilot Salary in Texas - $158,470 # 1
Pilot Salary in Colorado - $163,220 # 2
Pilot Salary in Florida - $134,440 # 3
Pilot Salary in California - $127,450 # 4
Pilot Salary in Illinois - $118,130 # 5
Pilot Salary in Arizona - $129,390 # 6
Pilot Salary in Alaska - $115,160 # 7
Pilot Salary in New Jersey - $118,690 # 8
Pilot Salary in Michigan - $111,540 # 9
Pilot Salary in New York - $108,910 # 10
Pilot Salary in Minnesota - $102,880 # 11
Pilot Salary in Alabama - $102,940 # 12
Pilot Salary in Georgia - $90,030 # 13
Pilot Salary in Iowa - $100,170 # 14
Pilot Salary in Oklahoma - $101,200 # 15
Pilot Salary in New Hampshire - $98,230 # 16
Pilot Salary in South Carolina - $98,220 # 17
Pilot Salary in Washington - $87,060 # 18
Pilot Salary in Arkansas - $98,580 # 19
Pilot Salary in Kansas - $101,380 # 20
Pilot Salary in Ohio - $76,810 # 21
Pilot Salary in Tennessee - $96,940 # 22
Pilot Salary in Louisiana - $97,160 # 23
Pilot Salary in Wisconsin - $100,880 # 24
Pilot Salary in North Carolina - $90,860 # 25
Pilot Salary in Mississippi - $83,460 # 26
Pilot Salary in West Virginia - $86,250 # 27
Pilot Salary in Utah - $88,920 # 28
Pilot Salary in New Mexico - $87,160 # 29
Pilot Salary in Wyoming - $69,240 # 30
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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