Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

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2019 Workforce
209k
Average Age
44.4
Average Salary
$148,010
Average Male Salary
$151,812
Average Female Salary
$86,789

About

Aircraft pilots & flight engineers are most often employed by the Air transportation industry. The average yearly wage for Aircraft pilots & flight engineers was $148,010 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Aircraft pilots & flight engineers by wage are Actuaries, Petroleum, mining & geological engineers, including mining safety engineers, and Personal financial advisors.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Aircraft pilots & flight engineers are Escambia County (South) PUMA, FL, Enid City PUMA, OK, and Fayette County PUMA, GA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers are Enid City PUMA, OK, Fayette County PUMA, GA, and Escambia County (South) PUMA, FL.

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 Fulton County (Central)Atlanta City (North) PUMA, GA but are relatively concentrated in Enid City PUMA, OK.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$148,010
AVERAGE SALARY
± $6,801

In 2019, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers earned an average of $148,010, $92,486 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Petroleum, mining & geological engineers, including mining safety engineers make somewhat more than Aircraft pilots & flight engineers while Actuaries 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

0.379
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.379, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Aircraft pilots & flight engineers.

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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 U. S. Navy.

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Industries by Share

209k
2019 Workforce
± 11,216
12.1%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 6.97%

The number of people employed as Aircraft pilots & flight engineers has been growing at a rate of 12.1%, from 186,435 people in 2018 to 208,995 people in 2019.

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  59.8%, followed by U. S. Air Force with 8.98% and U. S. Navy with 3.69%.

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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 44.5 and of female Aircraft pilots & flight engineers is 42.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Aircraft pilots & flight engineers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

197k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 10,884
12.2k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,714

94.2% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic)

86.4% of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 5.22% of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, White (Hispanic) 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

44.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.699
42.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.46

The median age of Aircraft pilots & flight engineers is 44.4, and Male employees are generally 2.07 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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