The average annual salary for an airline pilot was $129,600 as of May 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median salary was $115,190 per year, with 25 percent of pilots making at or below $88,540, and 25 percent making at or above $156,970.
Easily the largest employment sector for airline pilots is scheduled air transportation. The average in this sector was very close to the overall average at $129,910 per year as of May 2013. New York was the top-paying state for airline pilots at $168,250 per year. Alaska was next at $154,050, followed by Michigan at $148,520 per year.