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Air Traffic Controllers Salary Information

The salary statistics of air traffic controllers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of air traffic controllers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The air traffic controllers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Air Traffic Controllers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$66,390
25th Percentile Wage
$84,730
50th Percentile Wage
$122,410
75th Percentile Wage
$149,230
90th Percentile Wage
$172,680

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for air traffic controllers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) air traffic controllers is $172,680. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $122,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $66,390. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 160% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
2016122,410-0.44%-0.10%
2015122,9500.50%-
2014122,3400.87%-
2013121,280-1.03%-
2012122,530--

Table 2. Air Traffic Controllers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of air traffic controllers in 4 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for air traffic controllers occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $127,190. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $82,410).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$127,190
Federal, State, and Local Government
$126,590
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$118,760
Transportation and Warehousing
$82,410

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Air Traffic Controllers by States

From the above tables we note that not only air traffic controllers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of air traffic controllers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $22,900 to $146,540. The highest paying state for air traffic controllers is New Hampshire with a median annual salary of $146,540. The lowest paying state is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $22,900. For more salary information of air traffic controllers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Hampshire
$146,540
New York
$142,450
Virginia
$142,010
Illinois
$140,510
California
$137,530
Georgia
$136,120
Tennessee
$130,130
Indiana
$128,750
Kansas
$124,100
Florida
$123,940
Nevada
$123,890
New Mexico
$117,780
New Jersey
$112,300
Pennsylvania
$110,080
Maryland
$109,970
Massachusetts
$108,090
Michigan
$106,190
Oklahoma
$104,560
Hawaii
$104,060
Alaska
$103,760
Wisconsin
$102,710
Kentucky
$102,260
Arizona
$99,560
Missouri
$99,340
Connecticut
$99,080
North Carolina
$91,490
South Carolina
$90,610
Nebraska
$87,020
North Dakota
$87,020
Alabama
$85,340
Louisiana
$83,870
Mississippi
$82,550
Idaho
$80,810
West Virginia
$75,880
Iowa
$74,710
Montana
$68,830
Wyoming
$68,240
District of Columbia
$22,900


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