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Air Transportation Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of air transportation workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of air transportation workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of air transportation workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The air transportation workers 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 Transportation Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for air transportation workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) air transportation workers is $189,000. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $72,310. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,570. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 463% 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 transportation workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
1.11% 5.67%
4.20% -
-2.26% -
2.65% -
-0.01% -
- -

Table 2. Air Transportation Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of air transportation workers in 19 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 transportation workers occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $117,710. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $66,260).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
Federal, State, and Local Government
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Wholesale Trade
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Health Care and Social Assistance
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Educational Services
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Retail Trade
Transportation and Warehousing

Table 3. Salaries of Air Transportation Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of air transportation worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Air Traffic Controllers
Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialists
Commercial Pilots
Airfield Operations Specialists
Flight Attendants


💰 Highest paying industries for air transportation workers.