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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Air Traffic Controllers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$172,000
75th Percentile Wage
$150,690
50th Percentile Wage
$122,340
25th Percentile Wage
$86,830
10th Percentile Wage
$67,070

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.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $122,340 0.87%
2013 $121,280 -1.02%
2012 $122,530 7.92%
2011 $113,540 5.09%
2010 $108,040 -

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.

Table 3. Average Salary of Air Traffic Controllers vs. Related Jobs

Table 4. Air Traffic Controllers Salary by Industry Sector

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
$126,900
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$104,060
Transportation and Warehousing
$72,730
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,670

Table 5. 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 $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
$146,130
Minnesota
$141,630
Georgia
$139,240
New York
$139,120
Virginia
$136,490
Ohio
$133,300
Texas
$132,480
California
$132,180
Kansas
$126,910
Indiana
$123,950
Tennessee
$123,400
Florida
$122,530
New Mexico
$120,580
Nevada
$117,500
Washington
$116,990
Kentucky
$114,070
Pennsylvania
$113,800
Michigan
$109,320
Hawaii
$108,530
Massachusetts
$108,090
Maryland
$104,720
Alaska
$103,470
Puerto Rico
$102,960
New Jersey
$102,890
Wisconsin
$100,430
Oklahoma
$97,600
Arizona
$94,970
North Dakota
$92,310
Nebraska
$92,140
North Carolina
$92,020
Alabama
$87,880
South Carolina
$87,860
Connecticut
$83,130
Arkansas
$80,410
Louisiana
$79,520
Mississippi
$78,270
South Dakota
$74,080
Iowa
$71,970
Guam
$71,800
Montana
$71,290
Idaho
$70,090
Wyoming
$68,240