Commercial Pilots (53-2012)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 610673 10.36 1622
United States 43,50048,000 10.5450 1,0601,510

Job outlook

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


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 86,26039,43055,900 77,200105,620147,240
Alaska 77,10037,89047,510 65,81089,390137,580
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 96,83038,15047,550 66,070139,820185,170
Fairbanks North Star Borough 74,86039,16063,890 75,47090,420102,480
Southeast Region 68,30041,65046,430 64,77083,370100,270
Balance of State 67,70035,90047,390 62,98078,57099,460

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
961450 46.852.1 38.7
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation122
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation49
UI claimants previously working in occupation96
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 103
Number of job position postings 11
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 9.4

Alaska Licensing Information

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

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
Airline Transport Pilot Certificate

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Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine Land Certificate

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Certified Flight Instructor Training Certificate
Commercial Pilot Certificate

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Commercial Pilot Certificate

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

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Instrument Rating Certificate

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Multi Engine Flight Instructor Training Certificate
Multi Engine Rating Certificate

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Multi-Engine Pilot Certificate

 Degree
Private Pilot Certificate

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Private Pilot Certificate

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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

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Amundsen Educational Center   (Soldotna)
Private Pilot Ground School

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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

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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

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University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Professional Piloting AAS

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

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s Pilots (October 2015)