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Highest Paying Cities for Air Traffic Controllers

The top 72 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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (average annual salary $153,340). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of air traffic controllers in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 72 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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$153,340
120
3 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$152,940
610
4 Nashua, New Hampshire
$152,230
400
5 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$148,890
460
6 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$148,470
1,060
7 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$148,290
430
8 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$148,150
1,040
9 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, USA
$146,680
580
10 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$146,130
540
11 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$146,120
510
12 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$144,850
640
13 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$144,680
160
14 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$144,390
740
15 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$143,800
1,630
16 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$143,800
1,630
17 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$143,200
770
18 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$142,740
80
19 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$140,750
640
20 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, USA
$140,030
160
21 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$139,210
200
22 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$137,370
530
23 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$136,510
580
24 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$135,910
190
25 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$135,840
540
26 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$135,830
710
27 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$135,280
720
28 Jacksonville, Florida
$134,370
400
29 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$132,950
60
30 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$131,300
500
31 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$130,400
190
32 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$129,610
100
33 Kansas City, Missouri
$128,580
400
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 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$126,920
200
38 Anchorage, Alaska
$126,090
280
39 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee
$122,010
70
40 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$120,280
40
41 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$117,520
150
42 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$117,120
220
43 Honolulu, Hawaii
$115,030
n/a
44 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
$111,570
130
45 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$109,400
100
46 St Louis, Missouri
$109,110
110
47 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
$105,170
70
48 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$105,040
50
49 Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area, Alabama
$103,440
80
50 San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
$102,430
120
51 Tulsa, Oklahoma
$100,780
70
52 Springfield, Massachusetts
$99,550
60
53 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York
$98,680
60
54 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, USA
$97,580
60
55 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, Florida
$97,080
70
56 Rochester, New York
$96,300
40
57 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
$95,550
50
58 Railbelt-Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$94,190
50
59 Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
$92,130
40
60 Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$91,800
50
61 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, Florida
$91,460
80
62 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$91,320
90
63 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania
$88,750
40
64 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, USA
$86,980
n/a
65 Hawaii-Maui-Kauai nonmetropolitan area, Hawaii
$85,670
30
66 Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area, Indiana
$85,310
n/a
67 Jackson, Mississippi
$85,220
30
68 Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area, New Mexico
$82,860
40
69 Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area, USA
$78,570
40
70 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$76,890
50
71 Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont
$73,540
30
72 Lake Charles, Louisiana
$70,830
50
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