Pilot Instructor Statistics in the US

From where do we know all information about pilot instructor demographics? We analyzed 982 pilot instructors 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.

Pilot Instructor Diversity

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

Pilot Instructor Gender Ratio

Among pilot instructors, 7.3% of them are women compared to 89.4% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 89.4%
  • Female, 7.3%
  • Unknown, 3.3%

Pilot Instructor Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among pilot instructors is White, which makes up 85.1% of all pilot instructors. Comparatively, there are 7.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 2.9% of the Unknown ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 85.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.7%
  • Unknown, 2.9%
  • Black or African American, 2.2%
  • Asian, 2.0%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Pilot Instructors

The chart below shows that 48.1% of pilot instructors speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Japanese at 7.4% and French is the third-most popular at 7.4%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 48.1%
  • Japanese, 7.4%
  • French, 7.4%
  • Russian, 7.4%
  • Swedish, 3.7%
  • Other, 26.0%

Pilot Instructor 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 pilot instructors.

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

Pilot Instructor Gender Over Time

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


Pilot Instructor 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 pilot instructors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of pilot instructors based on ethnicity and gender.


Number Of Years On The Job For Pilot Instructor

By looking over 982 pilot instructors resumes, we figured out that the average pilot instructor enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 28%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Pilot Instructor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of pilot instructor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of pilot instructors 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 Pilot Instructors 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
Airline Flight Attendant16%78%
Flight Attendant22%75%
International Flight Attendant22%73%
Pilot Instructor89%7%
Ground Operations Superintendent94%3%
Airline Captain95%4%
Fighter Pilot96%1%
Fighter Pilot
Airline Captain
Ground Operations Superintendent
Pilot Instructor
International Flight Attendant
Flight Attendant
Airline Flight Attendant

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Pilot Instructors 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 pilot instructors.

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Job Titleascdesc
Tank Driver6.99%
Pilot Instructor7.63%
Traffic Control Specialist7.72%
School Bus Driver7.91%
Load Puller8.85%
Motor Vehicle Operator13.50%
Ramp Attendant20.19%

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

Male Income
Female Income

Pilot Instructor 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
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Pilot Instructor 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
Bachelor's Degree$72,440
Master's Degree$79,902

Pilot Instructor 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
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Pilot Instructor Heatmaps

Where Do Pilot Instructors Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Pilot Instructors Located?

By looking through more than 982 resumes, we found that the most popular places for pilot instructors are AL, Fort Rucker and TX, Laughlin Air Force Base.

Number of Pilot Instructors

Pilot Instructor Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

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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 Pilot Instructor Work In

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

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Industry Concentration

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

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