Average salary of a commercial pilot

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Average salary of a commercial pilot
A commercial pilot flies aircraft professionally. (pilot image by hapa7 from Fotolia.com)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a commercial pilot flies fixed or rotary-winged aircraft to transport cargo and passengers. The positions requires flight training, a pilot's license, flight experience and a commercial rating.

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The BLS states that as of May 2009, 50 per cent of commercial pilots made a median annual wage of £42,796, with the bottom 10 per cent earning £21,138 and the top 10 per cent making £78,357.


The highest paying industries for the profession include aerospace product and parts manufacturing at £68,984 per year, telecommunications carriers at £67,717, spectator sports at £62,562 and scientific research at £60,274.


Location of employment affects compensation for commercial pilots, with Honolulu offering the highest pay at £71,812, followed by Savannah, Gerogia at £70,739 and Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Florida at £69,361. Georgia also boasts the highest possible salries among all U.S. states at £80,853, followed by Hawaii at £70,343 and New York at £63,258.

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