How much does a Pilot make in the United States?

Average Pilot Yearly Salary in the United States

Pilots earn an average yearly salary of $139,540.

Average Pilot Hourly Wage in the United States

Pilots earn an average hourly wage of $67.09.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Employment Type Mix

68%
Full-Time
32%
Part-Time

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Pilot demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.4
SCORE
172
RATINGS
Pilots average a score of 3.4 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Pilots in the 83th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Pilot satisfaction

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Pilot Earnings by Seniority

Senior Pilot Earnings

Senior Pilots in the United States earn:

$86.61
an hour
$180,156.8
per year
Experienced Pilot Earnings

Experienced Pilots in the United States earn:

$55.54
an hour
$115,524.9
per year
Junior Pilot Earnings

Junior Pilots in the United States earn:

$38.20
an hour
$79,446.0
per year
Starting Pilot Earnings

Starting Pilots in the United States earn:

$28.29
an hour
$58,845.5
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Pilot Salary Comparison

Pilots earn more than 97% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Pilot Salary $139k
Air Traffic Controller Salary $109k
Commercial Pilot Salary $85k
Ship Captain Salary $79k
Customs Broker Salary $74k
Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Pilot salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Pilot Salary in Colorado $99.85 $207,680 # 1
Pilot Salary in Texas $95.97 $199,610 # 2
Pilot Salary in Washington $95.94 $199,560 # 3
Pilot Salary in California $90.62 $188,480 # 4
Pilot Salary in Florida $79.64 $165,660 # 5
Pilot Salary in Illinois $68.38 $142,230 # 6
Pilot Salary in United States $67.09 $139,540.1 # 7
Pilot Salary in Indiana $59.99 $124,780 # 8
Pilot Salary in Arizona $56.33 $117,160 # 9
Pilot Salary in Michigan $55.42 $115,270 # 10
Pilot Salary in Alaska $55.26 $114,940 # 11
Pilot Salary in New York $54.50 $113,370 # 12
Pilot Salary in Louisiana $53.17 $110,600 # 13
Pilot Salary in Minnesota $50.82 $105,700 # 14
Pilot Salary in Utah $49.59 $103,140 # 15
Pilot Salary in North Dakota $48.90 $101,710 # 16
Pilot Salary in Alabama $48.46 $100,790 # 17
Pilot Salary in South Carolina $48.01 $99,870 # 18
Pilot Salary in Arkansas $47.37 $98,520 # 19
Pilot Salary in Ohio $47.26 $98,310 # 20
Pilot Salary in Iowa $47.17 $98,120 # 21
Pilot Salary in North Carolina $46.61 $96,940 # 22
Pilot Salary in New Hampshire $45.00 $93,590 # 23
Pilot Salary in New Mexico $44.37 $92,280 # 24
Pilot Salary in Wisconsin $43.80 $91,110 # 25
Pilot Salary in Georgia $43.20 $89,850 # 26
Pilot Salary in Mississippi $43.15 $89,750 # 27
Pilot Salary in West Virginia $41.97 $87,300 # 28
Pilot Salary in Tennessee $40.58 $84,410 # 29
Pilot Salary in Wyoming $39.65 $82,470 # 30
Pilot Salary in Maine $36.92 $76,800 # 31
Pilot Salary in Puerto Rico $33.78 $70,260 # 32
Pilot Salary in Montana $33.21 $69,070 # 33