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 amongst California 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$76,670
25th Percentile Wage
$95,560
50th Percentile Wage
$140,870
75th Percentile Wage
$163,550
90th Percentile Wage
$185,650

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 $185,650. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $140,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $76,670.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of air traffic controllers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$140,870
2.37% 8.61%
2016
$137,530
1.45% -
2015
$135,540
2.48% -
2014
$132,180
1.04% -
2013
$130,810
1.58% -
2012
$128,740
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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 $148,890. The highest paying area for air traffic controllers in California is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont with a median annual salary of $148,890. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos (mean annual salary $148,290). 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
$148,890
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$148,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$140,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$135,280
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$76,890




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