Salary for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

Also known as:  Airline Captain, Airline Pilot, Airline Pilot Flight Instructor, Airline Pilot In Command, Airline Pilot Second In Command, Airline Transport Pilot, Charter Pilot (Air Transport Pilot Certificate Required), Charter Pilot (Airline), Regional Airline Pilot

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Workers in this field fly fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, transporting either cargo, crew or both. To become a pilot, one must obtain a Federal Air Transport Pilot License for each specific plane type he or she plans to fly. Some airlines require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not. Several years of on-the-job training or field experience is usually required before a pilot can work officially.

A Airline Pilot, Copilot, and Flight Engineer earns a pay level between $80,920 to $208,000 depending on education and experience. will normally get a salary of one hundred and eigthy-six thousand eight hundred and seventy dollars annually.

can get the best pay in Michigan, where they get job pay of just about $248,770. Professionals that work in these jobs obtain the highest pay in Transportation and Warehousing, where they earn an average job salary of $190,510.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2007. Salaries have increased by an average of 66.55 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Transportation and Warehousing
$190,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$161,080
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$130,600
Manufacturing
$119,930
Educational Services
$117,850
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$115,450

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Wholesale Trade
$88,670
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$99,860
Public Administration
$112,830
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$115,450
Educational Services
$117,850
Manufacturing
$119,930