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Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialist Salary Information

The salary statistics of air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists 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 and Airfield Operations Specialist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,990
25th Percentile Wage
$62,180
50th Percentile Wage
$96,980
75th Percentile Wage
$141,540
90th Percentile Wage
$168,770

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists is $168,770. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $96,980. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,990. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 332% 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 and airfield operations specialists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$96,980
0.11% -5.68%
2016
$96,870
-3.17% -
2015
$99,940
-1.52% -
2014
$101,460
-0.41% -
2013
$101,880
-0.60% -
2012
$102,490
- -

Table 2. Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists in 9 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 and airfield operations specialists occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $116,380. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $30,180).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$116,380
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$95,970
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$75,460
Manufacturing
$73,430
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$63,400
Transportation and Warehousing
$59,180
Health Care and Social Assistance
$44,210
Educational Services
$36,690
Wholesale Trade
$30,180



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