Salary for Commercial Pilots

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Also known as:  Aerial Crop Duster, Aerial Hurricane Hunter, Aerial Sprayer, Agricultural Pilot, Air Ambulance Captain, Air Tour Pilot, Balloon Pilot, Charter Pilot (Commercial Pilot Certificate Required), Charter Pilot (Commercial), Commercial Helicopter Pilot helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Commercial pilots fly fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air routes, air ambulance or helicopters. To become a commercial pilot, one must obtain a Federal Air Transport Pilot License for each specific plane type he or she plans to fly. Some airlines require vocational training, but some do not. A few years of on-the-job training or field experience is usually required before a pilot can work officially.

A Commercial Pilot can expect a wage between $47,570 - $200,920 based on tenure and industry expertise. will normally receive a salary of one hundred and ten thousand eight hundred and thirty dollars per year.

can receive the best pay in Massachusetts, which has average wages of close to about $151,640. People in this category of job are paid at the highest average level in Manufacturing, where they receive compensation, on average, of $142,090.

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Annual salary

Commercial Pilots tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Finance and Insurance
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Transportation and Warehousing

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Public Administration
Health Care and Social Assistance
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
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