Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

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Total Workforce

186k

Average Age

44.2

Average Salary

$142,471

Average Male Salary

$144,718

Average Female Salary

$107,831

About

Aircraft pilots & flight engineers are most often employed by the Air transportation industry. The average yearly wage for Aircraft pilots & flight engineers was $142,471 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Aircraft pilots & flight engineers by wage are Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Personal financial advisors, and Petroleum, mining & geological engineers, including mining safety engineers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Aircraft pilots & flight engineers are Coffee, Covington, Butler & Crenshaw Counties PUMA, AL, Anchorage Municipality (South) PUMA, AK, and Dothan City PUMA, AL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers are Coffee, Covington, Butler & Crenshaw Counties PUMA, AL, Central Southeast New Mexico PUMA, NM, and Dothan City PUMA, AL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Aircraft pilots & flight engineers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Air transportation is the industry that employs the most Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, by average wage, is Couriers & messengers. Aircraft pilots & flight engineers are paid most in Colorado Springs City (North) & Monument Town PUMA, CO but are relatively concentrated in Coffee, Covington, Butler & Crenshaw Counties PUMA, AL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$142,471

AVERAGE SALARY

± $7,114

In 2018, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers earned an average of $142,471, $88,583 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists make somewhat more than Aircraft pilots & flight engineers while Petroleum, mining & geological engineers, including mining safety engineers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Aircraft pilots & flight engineers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.411

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.411, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Aircraft pilots & flight engineers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, by number of employees, are Air transportation, U. S. Air Force, and National security & international affairs.

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Industries by Share

186k

2018 Workforce

± 10,594

13.2%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 7.33%

The number of people employed as Aircraft pilots & flight engineers has been growing at a rate of 13.2%, from 164,737 people in 2017 to 186,435 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers employed by various industries. Air transportation employs the largest share of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers at  58.8%, followed by U. S. Air Force with 6.44% and National security & international affairs with 6.09%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Aircraft pilots & flight engineers in the US. The average age of male Aircraft pilots & flight engineers in the workforce is 44.4 and of female Aircraft pilots & flight engineers is 40, and the most common race/ethnicity for Aircraft pilots & flight engineers is White.

Gender Composition

175k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 10,267

11.4k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 2,617

93.9% of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

  1. White

  2. Two or More Races

  3. Black

91.9% of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 3.28% of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Two or More Races is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers.

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Age by Gender

44.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.737

40

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 2.73

The median age of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers is 44.2, and Male employees are generally 4.44 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Aircraft pilots & flight engineers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Aircraft pilots & flight engineers is Transportation but a relatively high number of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers hold a major in Transportation.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Aircraft pilots & flight engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Aircraft pilots & flight engineers need many skills, but most especially Operation and Control. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Aircraft pilots & flight engineers need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Science, and Operation Monitoring.

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