Commercial Pilot Statistics in the US

From where do we know all information about commercial pilot demographics? We analyzed 369 commercial pilots resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Commercial Pilot Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as commercial pilots. Keep reading to find out what the results for commercial pilots were.

Commercial Pilot Gender Ratio

Among commercial pilots, 8.9% of them are women compared to 85.0% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 85.0%
  • Female, 8.9%
  • Unknown, 6.1%

Commercial Pilot Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among commercial pilots is White, which makes up 85.6% of all commercial pilots. Comparatively, there are 7.4% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 2.8% of the Unknown ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 85.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.4%
  • Unknown, 2.8%
  • Black or African American, 2.1%
  • Asian, 2.0%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Commercial Pilots

The chart below shows that 36.7% of commercial pilots speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Portuguese at 13.3% and French is the third-most popular at 6.7%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 36.7%
  • Portuguese, 13.3%
  • French, 6.7%
  • Russian, 6.7%
  • Italian, 6.7%
  • Other, 29.9%

Commercial Pilot Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among commercial pilots.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Commercial Pilot Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the commercial pilot position over time.

Male
Female
100%
98%
95%
93%
90%
88%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Commercial Pilot Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of commercial pilots changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of commercial pilots based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Commercial Pilot

By looking over 369 commercial pilots resumes, we figured out that the average commercial pilot enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 26%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Commercial Pilot Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of commercial pilot employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of commercial pilots is 40+ years old, which represents 60% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Commercial Pilots with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, fighter pilot and airline captain have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Airline Flight Attendant16%78%
Flight Attendant22%75%
International Flight Attendant22%73%
Commercial Pilot85%9%
Ground Operations Superintendent94%3%
Airline Captain95%4%
Fighter Pilot96%1%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Fighter Pilot
Airline Captain
Ground Operations Superintendent
Commercial Pilot
International Flight Attendant
Flight Attendant
Airline Flight Attendant
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Commercial Pilots with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to commercial pilots.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Yard Jockey6.99%
Commercial Pilot7.63%
Traffic Control Specialist7.72%
Motor Coach Operator7.91%
Palletizer8.85%
Motor Vehicle Operator13.50%
Air Traffic Instructor20.19%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Commercial Pilot?

male-income
Male Income
$104,616
female-income
Female Income
$90,054

Commercial Pilot Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Black or African American men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$119,146
$112,861
$106,576
$100,292
$94,007
$87,723
$81,438
$75,153
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Commercial Pilot Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Bachelor's Degree$106,576
Master's Degree$115,529

Commercial Pilot Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$125,991
$120,760
$115,529
$110,299
$105,068
$99,837
$94,606
$89,376
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Commercial Pilot Heatmaps

Where Do Commercial Pilots Earn The Most?

The map here shows where commercial pilots earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Commercial Pilots Located?

By looking through more than 369 resumes, we found that the most popular places for commercial pilots are FL, Miami and TX, Dallas.

Number of Commercial Pilots

Commercial Pilot Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ commercial pilots. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most commercial pilots is the transportation industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire commercial pilots.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Commercial Pilot Work In

Employees with the commercial pilot job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most commercial pilots prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Private

Public

Government

Education

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ commercial pilots. Those industries include transportation, technology and hospitality.

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Transportation

Technology

Fortune 500

Hospitality

Manufacturing

Commercial Pilot Jobs