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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

53-2011 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers



Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,590499$137,122.27/yr$108,193.14/yr$108,300.85/yr$108,300.85/yr$136,659.12/yr$172,378.12/yr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities2,620N/A
InformationN/AN/A
Public Administration60N/A
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota 20$86,928.47/yrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 30$61,847.73/yrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 30$61,845.58/yrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,590$108,300.85/yr7.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,600$108,299.77/yrN/A
Minnesota 2,680$108,299.77/yr7.6%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Commercial Pilots 500$108,385.94/yr7.5%
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 130$39.88/hrN/A
Locomotive Engineers 480$42.22/hr-1.9%


  • Steer aircraft along planned routes, using autopilot and flight management computers.
  • Monitor gauges, warning devices, and control panels to verify aircraft performance and to regulate engine speed.
  • Monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights.
  • Work as part of a flight team with other crew members, especially during takeoffs and landings.
  • Inspect aircraft for defects and malfunctions, according to pre-flight checklists.
  • Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment.
  • Check passenger and cargo distributions and fuel amounts to ensure that weight and balance specifications are met.
  • Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.
  • Make announcements regarding flights, using public address systems.
  • Record in log books information, such as flight times, distances flown, and fuel consumption.