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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
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 23026$142,918.00/yr$67,198.63/yr$97,958.79/yr$137,290.29/yr$171,041.47/yr>$100/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities210N/A
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services50N/A
Education and Health Services180N/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 10$84,733.40/yrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$84,873.42/yrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$88,230.66/yrN/A
Central Minnesota 30$96,416.42/yr9.8%
Rochester MN MSA 30$108,385.94/yrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 40$108,382.71/yrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 40$66,983.22/yrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 50$69,135.21/yr5.7%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 50$113,200.46/yrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 80$96,490.73/yr10.3%
Northwest Balance of State 80$96,495.04/yrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 230$137,290.29/yr6.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 260$136,906.85/yrN/A
Minnesota 500$108,385.94/yr7.5%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 2,680$108,299.77/yr7.6%
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 130$39.88/hrN/A
Locomotive Engineers 480$42.22/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.