Average Commercial Pilot Salary

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The average salary for a Commercial Pilot is $74,238.
MEDIAN $74,238
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$35k - $175k
$171 - $30k
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$201 - $48k
Total Pay
$34k - $196k

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Job Description for Commercial Pilot

Commercial Pilot Tasks
  • 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.
  • Maintain knowledge of assigned aircraft equipment type and current operational procedures.
  • Safely, legally and consistently operate aircraft.
  • Perform flight operations tasks including aircraft takeoff, climb, cruise, descent, approach and landing.

Career Paths

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Commercial Pilot
Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet
Chief Pilot (Aircraft)
Commercial Pilot, Jet
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Commercial Pilot

Skills in Commercial and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Strategic Planning, Oral / Verbal Communication and Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Commercial Pilot

An entry-level Commercial Pilot with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $55,000 based on 27 salaries. An early career Commercial Pilot with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $55,137 based on 117 salaries. A mid-career Commercial Pilot with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $77,769 based on 52 salaries. An experienced Commercial Pilot with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $88,663 based on 85 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $100,669.
Employees with Commercial Pilot in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 79.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (65.0% more) and Dallas, Texas (54.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Miami, Florida (51.5% less).

Years of Experience

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