Private Pilot Statistics in the US

From where do we know all information about private pilot demographics? We analyzed 225 private 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.

Private Pilot Diversity

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

Private Pilot Gender Ratio

Among private pilots, 16.4% of them are women compared to 79.4% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 79.4%
  • Female, 16.4%
  • Unknown, 4.2%

Private Pilot Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among private pilots is White, which makes up 85.5% of all private pilots. Comparatively, there are 7.4% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 2.9% of the Unknown ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 85.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.4%
  • Unknown, 2.9%
  • Black or African American, 2.1%
  • Asian, 2.0%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Private Pilots

The chart below shows that 27.3% of private pilots speak French. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Japanese at 18.2% and Spanish is the third-most popular at 18.2%.

Job Title
  • French, 27.3%
  • Japanese, 18.2%
  • Spanish, 18.2%
  • Czech, 9.1%
  • Greek, 9.1%
  • Other, 18.1%

Private 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 private pilots.

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

Private Pilot Gender Over Time

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

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

Private 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 private pilots changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Private Pilot

By looking over 225 private pilots resumes, we figured out that the average private 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

Private Pilot Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of private pilot employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of private 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 Private 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%
Private Pilot79%16%
Ground Operations Superintendent94%3%
Airline Captain95%4%
Fighter Pilot96%1%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Fighter Pilot
Airline Captain
Ground Operations Superintendent
Private Pilot
International Flight Attendant
Flight Attendant
Airline Flight Attendant
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Private 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 private pilots.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Tank Driver6.99%
Private Pilot7.63%
Motor Coach Operator7.91%
Switchman8.61%
Unload Associate8.85%
Motor Vehicle Operator13.50%
Airways Operations Specialist20.19%

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

male-income
Male Income
$118,019
female-income
Female Income
$109,332

Private 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
$126,906
$123,083
$119,260
$115,437
$111,614
$107,791
$103,968
$100,145
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Private 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$119,260
Master's Degree$124,269

Private 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
$130,289
$127,279
$124,269
$121,259
$118,248
$115,238
$112,228
$109,218
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Private Pilot Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire private 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 Private Pilot Work In

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

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Public

Private

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 private pilots. Those industries include education, technology and hospitality.

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Fortune 500

Education

Technology

Hospitality

Non Profits

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