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 2014 and published in May 2015 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
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 $172,000. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $122,340. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $67,070. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 156% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
|Year||Average Annual Salary||Growth (%)|
Table 2 shows the salary trend for air traffic controllers from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 13.24%. We note that in 2013 the average salary decreased by -1.02%.We also note that the average annual wage had a sizable growth of 7.92% in 2012 and a sizable growth of 5.09% in 2011.
|Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers|| |
|Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers|| |
|Commercial Pilots|| |
|Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialists|| |
|Air Traffic Controllers|| |
|Airfield Operations Specialists|| |
|Flight Attendants|| |
The average salaries of air traffic controllers in 4 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. 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 $126,900. The lowest paying sector is the management of companies and enterprises sector (annual salary $64,670).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
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 $68,240 to $146,130. The highest paying state for air traffic controllers is New Hampshire with a median annual salary of $146,130. The lowest paying state is Wyoming with a median annual salary of $68,240. 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|| |
|New York|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|South Dakota|| |