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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 818876 7.124 5484
United States 40,80042,300 3.81,200 2,7004,060

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 102,87045,48063,040 86,080123,070179,440
Alaska 121,08044,66063,300 88,320148,100*
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 130,03043,10065,760 90,320163,180*
Balance of State 96,05045,04057,400 83,030118,510152,640

* 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

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
816345 42.352.2 40.5
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation167
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation40
UI claimants previously working in occupation80
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 96
Number of job position postings 13
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 7.4

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

Airline Transport Pilot Certificate

Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine Land Certificate


Certified Flight Instructor Training Certificate
Commercial Pilot Certificate

Commercial Pilot Certificate

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

Instrument Rating Certificate

Multi Engine Flight Instructor Training Certificate
Multi Engine Rating Certificate

Multi-Engine Pilot Certificate

Private Pilot Certificate

Private Pilot Certificate

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

Alyeska Helicopters   (Anchorage)
Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Add-On
Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certificate
Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) Add-On
Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) Certificate
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

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

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

LTR Training Systems, Inc.   (Anchorage)
Aircraft Water Ditching & Survival
Aviation Crash Survival Experience
Aviation Land & Water Survival
Bear Awareness & Handgun Defense
Bear Awareness & Shotgun Defense
Bear Awareness & Spray Defense
Cold Weather Saftey & Survival
Field Travel Safety & Wilderness Skills
Helicopter Underwater Egress Training
Wilderness Safety Leader

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Cold Water Survival & Egress
Cold Water Survival Training/046
Helicopter Underwater Egress Training - HUET

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Professional Piloting AAS

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

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s Pilots (October 2015)