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Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots.


SOC Code 53-2012 - Commercial Pilots is a a final level code of the “Transportation and Material Moving Occupations” Major Occupation Category. There are 37,830 total employees classified in this occupation in the USA, with an average Annual Wage of $102,870.

Occupation Examples

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  • Aerial Hurricane Hunter
  • Aerial Sprayer
  • Agricultural Pilot
  • Air Ambulance Captain
  • Air Tour Pilot
  • Balloon Pilot
  • Charter Pilot (Commercial Pilot Certificate Required)
  • Charter Pilot (Commercial)
  • Commercial Helicopter Pilot
  • Corporate Pilot
  • Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Pilot
  • Emergency Medical Service Rotary Wing Pilot
  • EMS Helicopter Pilot
  • Executive Pilot
  • Flight Instructor (Commercial Pilots)
  • Helicopter Pilot

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