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A person in an entry-level Commercial Pilots role with under one year of job experience can expect to make an average annual salary of $63,720. A Commercial Pilots candidate with 1-4 years of experience makes an average total salary of $71,530. A person in a mid-career Commercial Pilots role with 5-9 years of experience makes an average salary of $87,420 a year. Commercial Pilots with 10 or more years of experience make an average of $140,210. In their late career (over 20 years of experience), a person in a Commercial Pilots role’s annual salary averages $183,280 per year.
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While certifications are not required for every Commercial Pilots position, they can certainly increase your salary and lead to an easier recruitment process when applying to enterprises that favor candidates with additional certifications.
The current Bureau of Labor Statistics states the salary is $87,420 higher than the national average for Commercial Pilots positions.
Yes, there is strong potential for promotion — either with an additional educational degree or with continued years of experience. There are a multitude of other positions Commercial Pilots roles that can advance both internally and with another company.