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Highest-paying Cities for Air Traffic Controllers

The top 75 highest paying cities for air traffic controllers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of air traffic controllers in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $154,590, Nassau-Suffolk, New York is the highest paying city for air traffic controllers. It is followed by Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois (average annual salary $153,370). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2019 [1]. For more salary information of air traffic controllers in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 75 Highest-paying cities/areas for Air Traffic Controllers

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$154,590
710
2 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$153,370
760
3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$153,340
120
4 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$152,940
610
5 Nashua, New Hampshire
$152,230
400
6 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$151,420
1,100
7 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$150,230
250
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$149,890
150
9 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$148,890
460
10 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$148,290
430
11 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$146,120
510
12 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$146,070
510
13 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$146,020
270
14 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$145,780
820
15 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$144,850
640
16 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$144,780
1,630
17 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$144,670
190
18 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$143,800
1,630
19 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$143,200
770
20 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$142,740
80
21 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$141,370
550
22 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$140,750
640
23 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$137,370
530
24 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$135,840
540
25 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$135,830
710
26 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$135,280
720
27 Kansas City, Missouri
$133,050
410
28 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$132,950
60
29 Jacksonville, Florida
$132,200
420
30 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$131,390
210
31 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$131,300
500
32 Anchorage, Alaska
$130,800
270
33 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$130,400
190
34 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$127,970
120
35 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$127,920
450
36 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$127,380
70
37 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee
$122,010
70
38 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$120,280
40
39 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$117,520
150
40 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$117,120
220
41 Honolulu, Hawaii
$115,030
n/a
42 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$113,370
100
43 Lawton, Oklahoma
$113,150
n/a
44 Columbus, Ohio
$112,650
60
45 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
$111,570
130
46 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$108,870
110
47 St Louis, Missouri
$106,990
120
48 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
$105,170
70
49 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$105,040
50
50 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York
$102,110
60
51 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California
$101,030
60
52 Tulsa, Oklahoma
$100,780
70
53 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
$98,850
50
54 San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
$98,770
170
55 Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area, Alabama
$98,310
100
56 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, Florida
$97,080
70
57 Rochester, New York
$96,300
40
58 Railbelt-Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$94,190
50
59 Dayton, Ohio
$93,460
30
60 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$92,760
90
61 Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
$92,130
40
62 Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$91,800
50
63 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania
$88,750
40
64 Springfield, Massachusetts
$88,560
70
65 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, Florida
$88,210
80
66 Huntsville, Alabama
$86,220
50
67 Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area, Indiana
$85,310
n/a
68 Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area, New Mexico
$84,020
40
69 Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area, New Mexico
$82,860
40
70 Tucson, Arizona
$79,590
n/a
71 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$76,890
50
72 Hawaii-Maui-Kauai nonmetropolitan area, Hawaii
$76,750
70
73 Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont
$75,970
40
74 Jackson, Mississippi
$74,790
40
75 Lake Charles, Louisiana
$70,830
50
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