Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers (53-2011)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 1,7171,914 11.520 4464
United States 75,70076,500 1.180 1,8401,930

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is moderate with very high employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 152,77065,00087,930 127,820195,550*
Alaska 114,94052,80070,140 103,450148,540191,870
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area *** ***
Southeast Region 76,28037,68060,460 86,46095,510102,520
Balance of State 87,94060,98074,180 89,08099,940114,130

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.


Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
2,1021,108 52.754.9 38.6
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation88
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation81
UI claimants previously working in occupation17
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 100
Number of job position postings 19
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 5.3

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: Less than 5 years On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
Airline Transport Pilot Certificate

 Degree
Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine Land Certificate

 Degree
Certified Flight Instructor Training Certificate
Commercial Pilot Certificate

 Degree
Commercial Pilot Certificate

 Degree
Commercial Pilot Multi Engine Certificate
Instrument Flight Instructor Training Certificate
Instrument Rating Certificate

 Degree
Instrument Rating Certificate

 Degree
Multi Engine Flight Instructor Training Certificate
Multi Engine Rating Certificate

 Degree
Multi-Engine Pilot Certificate

 Degree
Private Pilot Certificate

 Degree
Private Pilot Certificate

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Excavations

 Degree
Alaska Floats & Skis   (Talkeetna)
Bush Pilot
Float Plane Training and Ratings
Winter Ski Flying

 Degree
Alyeska Helicopters   (Anchorage)
Certified Flight Instructor Add-On
Certified Flight Instructor Certificate
Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Certificate
Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Rating Add-On
Commercial Pilot Add-On
Helicopter Commercial Pilot Certificate
Helicopter Instrument Rating
Helicopter Private Pilot Certificate
Instrument Rating Add-On
Private Pilot Add-On
Professional Helicopter Pilot Training

 Degree
Amundsen Educational Center   (Soldotna)
Private Pilot Ground School

 Degree
Elmendorf Aero Club   (Elmendorf AFB)
Airline Transport Pilot
Certified Flight Instructor
Commercial Multi Engine
Commercial Single Engine
Float Plane Rating
Instrument Flight Instructor
Instrument Pilot
Multi Engine Flight Instructor
Multi Engine Rating
Private Pilot

 Degree
Galena Interior Learning Academy   (Galena)
Aviation

 Degree
Land and Sea Aviation   (Anchorage)
Certified Flight Instructor
Commercial Pilot Single Engine
Instrument Rating
Multi-Engine add on Package
Private Pilot
Tail Wheel Endorsement

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Artic Survival: Wilderness & Outdoor Awareness Preparedness
Cold Water Survival
Cold Water Survival & Egress
Helicopter Underwater Egress Training - HUET

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Professional Piloting AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Professional Piloting AAS

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s Pilots (October 2015)