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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Air Transportation Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,880
25th Percentile Wage
$47,020
50th Percentile Wage
$71,510
75th Percentile Wage
$118,770
90th Percentile Wage
$177,670

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 $177,670. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $71,510. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,880. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 440% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of air transportation workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201671,5104.20%4.61%
201568,510-2.26%-
201470,0602.65%-
201368,200-0.01%-
201268,210--

Table 2. Air Transportation Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of air transportation workers in 18 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 $107,960. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $63,740).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$107,960
Federal, State, and Local Government
$107,100
Manufacturing
$98,940
Information
$98,200
Utilities
$96,980
Construction
$94,250
Mining
$89,510
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$89,140
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$85,890
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$85,250
Wholesale Trade
$84,290
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$80,570
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$78,680
Health Care and Social Assistance
$75,550
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$73,600
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$73,340
Transportation and Warehousing
$66,040
Educational Services
$63,740

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
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
$127,820
Air Traffic Controllers
$122,410
Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
$105,720
Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialists
$96,870
Commercial Pilots
$77,200
Airfield Operations Specialists
$48,910
Flight Attendants
$48,500


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