Training Requirements for Commercial Pilots

Commercial pilots need a high school diploma or equivalent and moderate-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Commercial pilots
Percent
Less than High School 0.2
High School 4.7
Some College 12.3
Associates Degree 7.9
Bachelors Degree 59.9
Masters Degree 12.9
Doctorate or Professional Degree 2.1

Employment Outlook for Commercial Pilots

This represents about 43,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 4,000 more commercial pilots but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 15,000 more.

Typical Income for Commercial Pilots

Annual Salaries

On average, commercial pilots make $86,260 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Commercial pilots $39,430 $55,900 $77,200 $105,620 $147,240
Transportation and material moving occupations $19,150 $22,680 $30,730 $43,170 $59,270
Air transportation workers $32,880 $47,020 $71,510 $118,770 $177,670
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers $51,130 $73,660 $105,720 $162,310 $high
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

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

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