Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

General Information

Description

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, national, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

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Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of airline and commercial pilots is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of commercial pilots is projected to grow 9 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. The number of commercial pilot jobs is projected to increase in various industries, especially in ambulance services, where pilots will be needed to transfer patients to healthcare facilities.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$147,220

Military salary*

$60,729

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State-by-state Salary

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$208,000+
$68,460
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 60%
  • Post-secondary certificate 17%
  • Master's degree 12%
  • Some college 3%
  • Associate's degree 3%
  • High school 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Transportation
  • Geography
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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