Commercial Pilot

Captain airliners, crop-dusters and more for your corporate employer.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$35,000 – $120,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Commercial Pilots do?

For those who have always dreamed of flying, this job is a dream come true. Commercial Pilots tackle tasks ranging from ferrying passengers across the country to planting seeds to monitoring traffic to tracking down criminals. Take on this jack-of-all-trades job and you spend your workdays high above ground.

As a Commercial Pilot, your plane might be a massive passenger airliner or a one- to two-person plane or helicopter. Before starting an assignment, it’s crucial to inspect your airplane, and track storms and other dangerous weather conditions. Depending on where you work, this inspection could include the whole plane (if you’re a solo Commercial Pilot) or just the cockpit (think American Airlines). Especially in the first scenario, preparation and repair work can take up almost as much of your time as flying.

When your plane is running without a single hiccup, you set off to carry out your assignment. Agricultural work is one popular career field. From dusting crops with pesticide to dropping seeds for growing new forests, you cover more ground in one trip than on-the-ground workers could in days.

Not really feeling a nature assignment? For a little more of an adrenaline rush, consider working in the law enforcement field. You monitor traffic to report speeders, instruct Firefighters where to go to contain a raging wildfire, or use your hawk’s eye view to track a fleeing criminal.

All Pilots need a Pilot’s license and extensive flying experience. But the job field you decide to work in comes down to what you love. Whether you want to spend time with nature dropping seeds for a new forest, or work with a team to ensure a safe cross-country flight, there’s a Pilot job calling your name.


Should I be a Commercial Pilot?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Aerial Advertiser, Aerial-Applicator Pilot, Aerial Hurricane Hunter, Air Ambulance Captain, Airplane Captain See More

    How to become a Commercial Pilot

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