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How Much Does a Pilot Earn In The United States?

Average Yearly Salary
Updated December 31, 2020
$99,000
$44,000
$99,000
$222,000
Pilots in the United States make an average salary of $99,587 per year or $47.88 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $44,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $222,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Texas, Illinois, Kansas, New Jersey, and New York provide the highest pilot salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Chicago, IL
$106,163
New York, NY
$105,492
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Where Pilots Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where pilots earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Pilots Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Texas, Illinois and Kansas, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for pilots. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Minnesota, Wyoming, and Virginia.
City
Average Salary

Chicago, IL

Salary Range64k - 174k$106k$106,163

New York, NY

Salary Range63k - 174k$105k$105,492

Atlantic City, NJ

Salary Range64k - 172k$105k$105,402

Del Rio, TX

Salary Range66k - 164k$105k$104,673

Lawrence, KS

Salary Range64k - 167k$104k$104,235

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range63k - 159k$101k$100,678

Las Vegas, NV

Salary Range57k - 143k$91k$90,997

Baltimore, MD

Salary Range55k - 147k$90k$90,107

South Windsor, CT

Salary Range53k - 149k$90k$89,661

Boston, MA

Salary Range52k - 148k$88k$88,487
$46k
$174k

High Paying Pilot Jobs

Which Companies Pay Pilots The Most?

To earn a high income as a pilot, working for General Atomics or CACI International might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Lockheed Martin and Harris report highly competitive salaries for pilots.
Company
Average Salary
General Atomics
Salary Range81k - 174k$119k$119,337
CACI International
Salary Range80k - 151k$111k$110,643
Lockheed Martin
Salary Range86k - 135k$108k$107,988
Harris
Salary Range81k - 140k$107k$107,171
Fox
Salary Range73k - 148k$105k$104,886
Viasat
Salary Range79k - 136k$104k$103,775
Thales USA, Inc.
Salary Range81k - 128k$102k$102,188
The Sanborn Map Company
Salary Range60k - 169k$101k$101,405
Yamaha Motor
Salary Range61k - 157k$98k$98,367
AAR
Salary Range56k - 147k$92k$91,649
$51k
$174k

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Pilot Salary History

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    Recently Added Pilot Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Maryland Government Jobs
    Maryland Government Jobs
    MSP Pilot I-A
    MSP Pilot I-A
    MSP Pilot I-A
    Baltimore, MD
    Baltimore, MD
    11/23/2020
    11/23/2020
    $67,312
    $67,312
    11/23/2020
    Maryland Government Jobs
    Maryland Government Jobs
    MSP Pilot II
    MSP Pilot II
    MSP Pilot II
    Maryland
    Maryland
    10/21/2020
    10/21/2020
    $75,389
    $75,389
    10/21/2020
    Maryland Government Jobs
    Maryland Government Jobs
    MSP Pilot II
    MSP Pilot II
    MSP Pilot II
    Maryland
    Maryland
    09/22/2020
    09/22/2020
    $75,389
    $75,389
    09/22/2020
    Pilot
    Pilot
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Colorado Springs, CO
    06/13/2020
    06/13/2020
    $52,175
    $52,175
    06/13/2020
    Aw139 &/OR S92 Search and Rescue Pilot
    Aw139 &/OR S92 Search and Rescue Pilot
    Galliano, LA
    Galliano, LA
    05/29/2020
    05/29/2020
    $100,000
    $100,000
    05/29/2020
    City of Seattle
    City of Seattle
    Community Litter, Encampment, and RV Remediation Pilot Program Support-Long-Term Temporary
    Community Litter, Encampment, and RV Remediation Pilot Program Support-Long-Term Temporary
    Community Litter, Encampment, and RV Remediation Pilot Program Support-Long-Term Temporary
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    05/20/2020
    05/20/2020
    $81,247
    $81,247
    05/20/2020
    Ranger Pilot-6157-Agency Only
    Ranger Pilot-6157-Agency Only
    Old Town, ME
    Old Town, ME
    04/25/2020
    04/25/2020
    $53,664
    $53,664
    04/25/2020
    Metroparks
    Metroparks
    Pilot Island Queen (Seasonal)-Kensington Metropark 2020
    Pilot Island Queen (Seasonal)-Kensington Metropark 2020
    Pilot Island Queen (Seasonal)-Kensington Metropark 2020
    Milford, MI
    Milford, MI
    04/09/2020
    04/09/2020
    $23,479
    $23,479
    04/09/2020
    Metroparks
    Metroparks
    Pilot Island Queen (Seasonal)-Kensington Metropark 2020
    Pilot Island Queen (Seasonal)-Kensington Metropark 2020
    Pilot Island Queen (Seasonal)-Kensington Metropark 2020
    Milford, MI
    Milford, MI
    03/18/2020
    03/18/2020
    $23,479
    $23,479
    03/18/2020
    MTC Pilot Rotor Pampa TX Bell 407
    MTC Pilot Rotor Pampa TX Bell 407
    Pampa, TX
    Pampa, TX
    02/28/2020
    02/28/2020
    $120,000
    $120,000
    02/28/2020