Airline Captains


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Airline Captains

Airline Captains - Wages & Trends

Wages for airplane pilots depend on the type and size of the airplane flown. Pilots may earn extra pay for night and international flights.

Most airline pilots are members of a union. Those who work for one major airline join the Allied Pilots Association. The rest belong to the Airline Pilots Association, International. Some flight engineers join the Flight Engineers' International Association.

Pilots usually receive benefits such as life and health insurance and a retirement plan. Pilots receive an expense allowance for every hour they are away from home. Airlines may provide allowances to purchase and clean uniforms. Pilots and their immediate family members may receive free airline travel.

Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers (SOC 53-2011)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $127,307 $194,532 (1)
    Cook County Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $128,450 $195,691 (1)
United States Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $106,530 $160,970 (2)
(1) Wage estimate isn't available.(2) Wages are greater than $100/hour or $208,000/year.

Commercial pilots (SOC 53-2012)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $50,712 $79,532 $123,018
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $56,073 $61,630 $96,707
    Cook County Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $50,306 $91,338 $129,115
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $72,734 $84,270 $129,868
    Du Page County Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $53,649 $84,551 $107,732
    Lake County Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $133,802 $152,229 $169,041
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $19,254 $47,956 $85,886
    Rockford Area Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $58,487 $63,796 $73,553
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $43,468 $59,786 $104,469
United States Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $67,070 $93,300 $132,850
(1) Wage estimate isn't available.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.