Air Traffic Controllers Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for air traffic controllers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of air traffic controllers among California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Air Traffic Controllers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$77,010
25th Percentile Wage
$91,670
50th Percentile Wage
$137,530
75th Percentile Wage
$162,540
90th Percentile Wage
$184,070

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for air traffic controllers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $184,070. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $137,530. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $77,010.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37.03
25th Percentile Wage
$44.07
50th Percentile Wage
$66.12
75th Percentile Wage
$78.14
90th Percentile Wage
$88.49

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for air traffic controllers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $88.49. The median hourly salary is $66.12. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37.03.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of air traffic controllers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016137,5301.45%6.39%
2015135,5402.48%-
2014132,1801.04%-
2013130,8101.58%-
2012128,740--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Air Traffic Controllers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of air traffic controllers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of air traffic controllers in state of California ranges from $76,890 to $147,130. The highest paying area for air traffic controllers in California is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont with a median annual salary of $147,130. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana (mean annual salary $135,280). The lowest paying area is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $76,890.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$147,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$135,280
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$76,890


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