Information About Commercial Pilots

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Commercial pilots need postsecondary vocational award.

Degrees for Commercial pilots
Training for Commercial Pilots
Less than High School 0.6
High School 6.3
Some College 12.9
Associates Degree 8.3
Bachelors Degree 59.2
Masters Degree 11.1
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.6


Represents about 39,000 people in the United States- 12.0% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 7,000 more commercial pilots but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 20,000 more.

Annual Salaries

On average, commercial pilots make $76,050 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Commercial pilots $36,240 $50,850 $70,000 $92,340 $124,850
Transportation and material moving occupations $17,730 $20,860 $28,760 $39,990 $54,860
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics