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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Air Traffic Controllers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$67,440
25th Percentile Wage
$86,610
50th Percentile Wage
$124,540
75th Percentile Wage
$151,620
90th Percentile Wage
$175,800

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 $175,800. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $124,540. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $67,440. Notice 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 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
$124,540
1.71% 1.61%
2016
$122,410
-0.44% -
2015
$122,950
0.50% -
2014
$122,340
0.87% -
2013
$121,280
-1.03% -
2012
$122,530
- -

Table 2. Air Traffic Controllers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of air traffic controllers in 6 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 federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $127,970. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $62,130).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$127,970
Educational Services
$127,190
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$117,000
Transportation and Warehousing
$88,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$75,830
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$62,130

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 $23,560 to $148,440. The highest paying state for air traffic controllers is Virginia with a median annual salary of $148,440. The lowest paying state is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $23,560. For more salary information of air traffic controllers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Virginia
$148,440
Illinois
$148,140
New Hampshire
$148,000
New York
$143,820
Georgia
$140,980
California
$140,870
Ohio
$137,200
Minnesota
$136,500
Texas
$135,560
Colorado
$132,810
Tennessee
$130,190
Indiana
$128,750
Kansas
$128,570
Florida
$127,960
Washington
$127,200
Nevada
$124,550
New Mexico
$121,910
Utah
$121,590
New Jersey
$114,430
Maryland
$113,130
Arizona
$113,120
Oklahoma
$109,160
Pennsylvania
$108,250
Massachusetts
$108,090
Alaska
$106,570
Rhode Island
$105,040
North Carolina
$104,770
Hawaii
$104,060
Wisconsin
$103,760
Michigan
$103,430
Missouri
$102,670
Puerto Rico
$102,430
Kentucky
$102,420
Oregon
$98,990
Alabama
$91,230
Connecticut
$90,540
South Carolina
$89,800
North Dakota
$88,430
Arkansas
$88,400
Nebraska
$87,020
Idaho
$86,600
Mississippi
$83,730
Louisiana
$80,900
Iowa
$78,310
South Dakota
$76,200
West Virginia
$75,940
Guam
$75,880
Vermont
$73,540
Wyoming
$68,240
Montana
$66,560
District of Columbia
$23,560



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