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

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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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INDUSTRIES

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

Manufacturing
$142,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$132,220
Finance and Insurance
$130,950
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$127,270
Transportation and Warehousing
$122,440
Utilities
$119,470

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
$84,880
Public Administration
$85,390
Health Care and Social Assistance
$90,320
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$96,780
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$99,840
Construction
$101,450