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Occupational Employment Statistics


53-2012 Commercial Pilots

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots. Excludes regional, National, and international airline pilots.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 8012$126,417.17/yr$62,525.96/yr$87,938.21/yr$114,433.73/yr$168,136.52/yr$168,137.56/yr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining60N/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities830N/A
Professional and Business Services90N/A
Education and Health Services80N/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota N/AN/A9.8%
Northeast Balance of State 10$78,668.63/yrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 10$81,748.78/yrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$89,646.86/yrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$103,559.56/yrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 30$130,060.27/yrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 30$57,783.99/yrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 30$101,176.61/yrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 30$93,779.05/yrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 40$75,635.31/yr5.7%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 60$130,136.24/yrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 80$114,433.73/yrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 80$114,433.73/yr10.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 840$126,533.71/yr6.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 870$126,535.79/yrN/A
Minnesota 1,090$126,535.79/yr7.5%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers N/A$137,857.42/yr7.6%
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 150$43.76/hrN/A
Locomotive Engineers 740$37.80/hr-1.9%

  • Obtain and review data such as load weights, fuel supplies, weather conditions, and flight schedules to determine flight plans and identify needed changes.
  • Plan flights according to government and company regulations, using aeronautical charts and navigation instruments.
  • Consider airport altitudes, outside temperatures, plane weights, and wind speeds and directions to calculate the speed needed to become airborne.
  • Choose routes, altitudes, and speeds that will provide the fastest, safest, and smoothest flights.
  • Supervise other crew members.
  • Coordinate flight activities with ground crews and air traffic control, and inform crew members of flight and test procedures.
  • Check aircraft prior to flights to ensure that the engines, controls, instruments, and other systems are functioning properly.
  • Co-pilot aircraft or perform captain's duties, as required.
  • Write specified information in flight records, such as flight times, altitudes flown, and fuel consumption.
  • Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment.