We used the most recent data to determine the best cities in America for Pilots to open up shop.
Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Pilots, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer pilots the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where pilots get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for pilots.The result is this list of the best cities pilots:
So there you have it — Savannah is the best city when it comes to being a pilot.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a pilot? That would be Montgomery County.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for pilots and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for pilots in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well pilots get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 116 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 116 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for pilots in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for pilots.
Total Jobs: 360
Average Annual Salary: $115,320
Average Entry Level Salary: $66,100
Location Quotient: 7.68
Total Jobs: 80
Average Annual Salary: $104,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $65,530
Location Quotient: 3.09
Total Jobs: 310
Average Annual Salary: $91,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $63,350
Location Quotient: 11.26
Total Jobs: 60
Average Annual Salary: $135,820
Average Entry Level Salary: $83,330
Location Quotient: 1.04
Total Jobs: 40
Average Annual Salary: $105,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $65,160
Location Quotient: 1.05
Total Jobs: 40
Average Annual Salary: $77,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $66,520
Location Quotient: 2.5
Total Jobs: 160
Average Annual Salary: $96,760
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,810
Location Quotient: 3.46
Total Jobs: 1,340
Average Annual Salary: $117,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $48,670
Location Quotient: 1.59
Total Jobs: 80
Average Annual Salary: $84,630
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,220
Location Quotient: 2.32
Total Jobs: 210
Average Annual Salary: $93,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,580
Location Quotient: 7.15
If you’re looking to start out your career as a pilot these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a pilot in America:
|4||Santa Rosa, CA||$135,820|
|12||Fort Worth, TX||$94,780|
|15||Palm Bay, FL||$90,780|
|17||St. Louis, MO||$86,920|
|23||Rapid City, SD||$67,810|
|24||Ann Arbor, MI||$80,310|
|25||Los Angeles, CA||$115,370|
|26||West Palm Beach, FL||$111,860|
|29||Lake Charles, LA||$70,320|
|45||New Orleans, LA||$85,010|
|46||Lake County, IL||$103,190|
|49||Boise City, ID||$85,490|
|50||North Port, FL||$100,850|
|52||San Antonio, TX||$80,640|
|58||Nassau County, NY||$99,660|
|60||New York, NY||$103,360|
|61||Fort Lauderdale, FL||$88,560|
|64||Kansas City, MO||$79,190|
|66||Grand Forks, ND||$53,200|
|71||Des Moines, IA||$81,450|
|74||Las Vegas, NV||$70,200|
|80||Green Bay, WI||$71,280|
|97||Urban Honolulu, HI||$74,440|
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