A Commercial Pilot earns an average salary of $64,443 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$30,131 - $149,721
(Median)
$30K
$64K
$150K
MEDIAN: $64,442
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50%
90%

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$14.79 - $199.70
(Median)
$15
$40
$200
MEDIAN: $40
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$30,131 - $149,721  
   
Bonus
$295.90 - $19,306  
Profit Sharing
$2.00 - $30,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,522 - $158,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 176
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$150$300$450
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $199.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.77  
Overtime
$5.14 - $443.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$300K$600K$900K
Bonus
$295.90 - $19,306  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.00 - $30,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,522 - $158,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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Job Description for Commercial Pilot

Most of the time, commercial pilots work for airlines. They must ensure that flight operations are conducted in a safe and efficient manner. They must initiate preflight planning by analyzing the weather and checking aircraft performance. They must be competent. They must comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations at all times. They must also follow their company's safety guidelines and procedures. They must make sure they operate the airplane in accordance with the operations manual. They must be reliable. They must follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). They may be required to be involved in flight safety investigations.

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Commercial Pilot Tasks

  • Safely, legally and consistently operate aircraft.
  • Perform flight operations tasks including aircraft takeoff, climb, cruise, descent, approach and landing.
  • Maintain knowledge of assigned aircraft equipment type and current operational procedures.
  • Operate, monitor, analyze and appropriately react to all aircraft operational functions.
  • Coordinate tasks to permit a number of functions such as flight fueling, loading and passenger handling.

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Pay by Experience Level for Commercial Pilot

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Commercial Pilot Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 89%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$67,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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