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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$167,320
75th Percentile Wage
$139,470
50th Percentile Wage
$101,460
25th Percentile Wage
$64,640
10th Percentile Wage
$42,200

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 $167,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $101,460. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,200. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 296% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Average Salary of Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialists vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
$103,390
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
$118,140
Commercial Pilots
$75,620
Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialists
$101,460
Air Traffic Controllers
$122,340
Airfield Operations Specialists
$49,180
Flight Attendants
$42,290

Table 3. Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists in 8 major industry sectors are shown in Table 3. 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 $120,030. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $25,930).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$120,030
Manufacturing
$67,420
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$62,440
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$60,790
Transportation and Warehousing
$57,610
Health Care and Social Assistance
$40,440
Wholesale Trade
$30,180
Educational Services
$25,930

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