Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Median Pay: $108,000 per year
Because airline pilots are responsible for the safety of the entire plane and the crew, it’s not a shock that they typically get paid well. Being a pilot doesn’t require a college degree, but most employers do prefer it. Pilots often work long hours on tight schedules.
Median Pay: $80,000 per year
Commercial pilots have similar responsibilities to airline pilots, except instead of carrying people, they carry cargo and goods for businesses across the country and world. And instead of rushing to get people to their next destination, cargo pilots are rushing to get your latest Amazon order to you.
Median Pay: $55,000 per year
Avionics technicians are important because they ensure that the communication devices, weather radars, and engine controls are working and operating at top performance. Aviation technicians require a special certification and training. People usually move on from this job into an engineering role.
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
Median Pay: $48,000 per year
Like cars, aircraft need regular engine checks and services. That’s where aircraft mechanics and service technicians come in. They monitor things like fluid levels, fuel tanks, landing gear, and more. Before working with aircraft, candidates should have some level of experience in repair work.
Cargo and Freight Agents
Median Pay: $41,000 per year
Cargo and freight agents work to help customers ship products by flight. They are focused on the logistics related to transporting goods, and getting it done in the shortest amount of time and at a fair rate. Often times people in this job role have to be good at bargaining, as third parties are often involved in transactions.
PayScale created this report based on top-paying titles in a specific region. These lists are filtered by relative commonness to focus on jobs that are not only well-paying, but also unique to the region. This was done to remove obviously high-paying jobs that are found everywhere (e.g. general doctors, lawyers, etc.). Median pay is the national median (50th Percentile) annual total cash compensation.
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