How Much do Airline Pilots Make?

Do airline pilots make a lot of money? What is the average pay for airline pilots?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, airline pilots in the United States earn an average of $102,870 a year. Airline pilots make 92% more than the average American worker.

Airline pilots in New York are the best paid, making $147,980 a year, while airline pilots in Maine make the least at $60,550.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Airline Pilot Wages by Percentile
Percentile Annually
90th $179,440
75th $123,070
50th $86,080
25th $63,040
10th $45,480
Airline Pilot Wages by State

In what states do airline pilots make the most? In what states do airline pilots make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Annually
Alabama $89,790
Alaska $121,080
Arizona $83,700
Arkansas $80,350
California $108,580
Colorado $96,410
Connecticut $144,100
Delaware $104,230
Florida $118,740
Georgia $140,500
Hawaii $105,520
Idaho $80,440
Illinois $99,200
Indiana $74,430
Iowa $93,520
Kansas $100,670
Kentucky $88,960
Louisiana $107,140
Maine $60,550
Maryland $118,040
Massachusetts $115,950
Michigan $88,350
Minnesota $113,890
Mississippi $102,880
Missouri $93,550
Montana $78,570
Nebraska $80,120
Nevada $97,250
New Hampshire $77,220
New Jersey $93,050
New Mexico $113,080
New York $147,980
North Carolina $85,480
North Dakota $96,110
Ohio $99,030
Oklahoma $83,480
Oregon $74,840
Pennsylvania $99,840
South Carolina $104,730
South Dakota $68,110
Tennessee $95,260
Texas $108,210
Utah $70,960
Vermont $105,970
Washington $103,410
West Virginia $77,420
Wisconsin $68,970
Wyoming $77,080
Metro Areas Where Airline Pilots Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Annually
Springfield, MA $164,720
Atlanta, GA $139,920
Jackson, MS $136,010
Minneapolis, MN $131,380
Anchorage, AK $130,030
New Orleans, LA $124,560
Charleston, SC $124,430
Fayetteville, AR $124,270
Los Angeles, CA $123,930
Bakersfield, CA $123,490
Airline Pilot Wages by Year
Year Annually
2019 $102,870
2018 $96,530
2017 $89,350
2016 $86,260
2015 $84,510
2014 $82,430
2013 $80,800
2012 $80,140
2011 $76,050