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Airline Pilot Salaries by State

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Airline Pilot Salary

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We all wanted to be pilots when we were younger. My grandfather flew planes in WWII, and ever since I was able to sit in a car seat, I was taken up into one of his airplanes. The joy and the freedom that comes with flying can sometimes be unmatched. So if you’re contemplating the profession of airline pilot, keep reading and you’ll find useful information like an airline pilot’s salary, their job description, and what it takes to actually become an airline pilot.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Pilots fly all types of aircraft. Some are considered commercial pilots, others are known for flying the passenger jets: the airline pilot. For this article we won’t be discussing the commercial pilots because they are in a different category. Their salary is lower, they fly smaller planes specifically designed to carry cargo, and it doesn’t take as much training as an airline pilot.

The airline pilot is responsible for many things:

  • Passengers
  • Cargo
  • Crew
  • The airplane itself

Before every flight, the pilot and the first officer (copilot) check all of the plane’s instruments to see if they’re in working order. Then they check weather and flight conditions in their flight plans and get them approved through the air traffic controllers. As the pilot is doing this, the copilot is charting the flight time. This is followed by the request to taxi (move down the runway) the airplane. After receiving clearance for takeoff, the plane moves faster until liftoff.

Once airborne, the plane’s computer system pretty much flies the plane itself while the captain and the copilot consistently report back to air-route control stations for any issues that may arise.

BECOMING AN AIRLINE PILOT

If you’re intrigued by the idea of becoming an airline pilot, know that 4/5 pilots work for the major airlines. The educational requirements for an airline pilot consist of a college degree, specifically engineering. This would put you a step closer than other applicants. You must also obtain your commercial pilot’s license, and the best route would be to enter an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) approved training program. This way you will be required to have less flying hours than those who don’t attend one of these courses. Some other requirements include:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Pass extensive physical testing
  • Good hearing
  • 20/20 Correctible vision
  • Pass the FAA written exam
  • Pass the flying tests
  • Some need instrument flying experience

The reason for the engineering degree is that most pilots begin their career as flight engineers, stationed in the cockpit to observe and make certain the instruments are in flying shape. This could be for the first 5 years of your employment. The next step is to become the first officer (copilot). And the best way to move quicker through the ranks is through smaller airline companies.

AIRLINE PILOT SALARY

On average, the airline pilot makes $117,060 per year in the U.S. Following I have added a list of airline pilot salaries by state for your convenience. If you find anything helpful, feel free to leave a comment below. If you’re interested in knowing salaries for other positions, check out a few of these career paths:

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5.    List of Train Engineer Salaries

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8.    List of Public Relations Manager Salaries

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You’ll be sure to find great information for each of these professions listed. Now, let’s get to the airline pilot salary information. This data is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and calculated by multiplying the hourly mean by 2,080 hrs.

Alabama

            Salary: $87,970

Alaska

            Salary: $92,390

Arizona

            Salary: $111,600

Arkansas

            Salary: $95,600

California

            Salary: $119,270

Colorado

            Salary: $83,830

Connecticut

            Salary: $93,020

Florida

            Salary: $148,940

Hawaii

            Salary: $90,850

Idaho

            Salary: $81,770

Illinois

            Salary: $126,320

Iowa

            Salary: $93,040

Kentucky

            Salary: $131,560

Louisiana

            Salary: $88,390

Maine

            Salary: $132,690

Massachusetts

            Salary: $129,870

Minnesota

            Salary: $103,970

Mississippi

            Salary: $87,630

Montana

            Salary: $79,790

Nebraska

            Salary: $77,860

New Jersey

            Salary: $137,930

New Mexico

            Salary: $73,170

New York

            Salary: $137,250

North Carolina

            Salary: $114,000

North Dakota

            Salary: $66,700

Ohio

            Salary: $99,810

Oklahoma

            Salary: $88,410

Puerto Rico

            Salary: $65,010

South Carolina

            Salary: $89,480

Tennessee

            Salary: $92,390

Texas

            Salary: $121,250

Utah

            Salary: $80,810

Virginia

            Salary: $97,670

Washington

            Salary: $115,780

CONCLUSION

If you continue to be fascinated by this career choice, then I’d say, “Go for it”. Your future and satisfaction is in your hands. What would you love doing for the rest of your life? Do you enjoy flying? Has the airline pilot salary give you second thoughts? Consider wisely and find that passion that is within you. And if all else fails, get back up and try something else. Good luck to you!

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Comments

Feb 6, 2011 10:07pm
vetochemicals
Nice research and information for those seeking pilot jobs!
Feb 8, 2011 12:51pm
manspaugh
Thanks!
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