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Commercial Pilots

Wages & Outlook


Typical Wages   This career pays well above the median wage.

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $118,308
Statewide median: $52,460.28


This is a very high-wage career. It pays well above the statewide median wage.

Wages for Commercial Pilots *

Area Low Median High
$83,112.00 $118,307.00 $176,498.00
$108,347.00 $118,307.00 $187,923.00
Northeast Minnesota
$87,539.00 $97,208.00 $128,252.00
Northwest Minnesota
$66,574.00 $84,889.00 $121,204.00
Southeast Minnesota
$64,382.00 $82,358.00 $100,126.00
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$108,593.00 $132,105.00 $195,869.00

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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In Minnesota, there are 1,410 workers employed in this small career.

Where do Commercial Pilots most often work?


Current Demand

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This career is currently in low demand.


Future Demand

This career is seeing high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 411 new Commercial Pilots to meet market demand between 2020-2030. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.


Employment Outlook for Commercial Pilots
Area Employment Employment Change
2020 2030 Number Percent
U S 39,200 43,600 4,500 11.4%
Minnesota 347 373 26 7.5%
Northeast Minnesota 35 37 2 5.7%
Northwest Minnesota 68 75 7 10.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 172 183 11 6.4%

Source: You can learn about our data sources in the About Us section.