Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

Prospects: Very Favorable

*According to projected annual openings and year-over-year growth
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.

Number of positions

2012: 4,690    2014: 4,760

Annual job postings

New: 40    Replacement: 170
(Total: 210)   

Salaries in NYC

Starting at:
$102,320
($49/hour)
Middle:
$157,340
($75/hour)
Up to:
$187,200
($90/hour)
Average:
$170,260
($81/hour)

Educational requirements

Minimum education:
Bachelor's degree

Work experience:
Less than 5 years

On-the-job training:
Moderate-term on-the-job training

Education level achieved by workers

 

Sources: New York State Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor.