Commercial Pilot

Odalis A. Olivares

What do commercial Pilots do?

Commercial pilots fly airplanes or helicopters. Commercial pilots don’t work for major airlines or even regional airlines. Instead, they may test aircraft, direct firefighting efforts, monitor traffic, dust crops, spread seed for reforestation, track criminals or evacuate injured persons.

Salary and Outlook

  • About 39,200 commercial pilots are employed. They may fly cargo or executives in airplanes or helicopters.
  • Employment is projected to grow about as fast as average (increase 7 - 13%).
  • The median annual salaries for commercial pilots are $65,840.