Air Traffic Controllers Salary Information in Illinois

The average annual and hourly salaries for air traffic controllers in the state of Illinois are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of air traffic controllers among Illinois 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 Illinois

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$66,750
25th Percentile Wage
$92,240
50th Percentile Wage
$140,510
75th Percentile Wage
$166,740
90th Percentile Wage
$184,030

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for air traffic controllers in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $184,030. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $140,510. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $66,750.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32.09
25th Percentile Wage
$44.35
50th Percentile Wage
$67.55
75th Percentile Wage
$80.16
90th Percentile Wage
$88.47

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for air traffic controllers in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $88.47. The median hourly salary is $67.55. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32.09.

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. Note that there is no salary data for some years between 2012 and 2016.

YearMedian Salary Growth4-Year Growth
2016140,5101.26%-7.79%
2015138,740-4.12%-
2013144,450-4.85%-
2012151,450--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of air traffic controllers in some Illinois cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of air traffic controllers in state of Illinois ranges from $111,070 to $142,760. The highest paying area for air traffic controllers in Illinois is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area) with a median annual salary of $142,760. The lowest paying area is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division) with a median annual salary of $111,070.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$142,760
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$111,070


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