Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

53-2021 Air Traffic Controllers

Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
23,260 0.8 % $56.94 $118,430 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.22 $41.03 $58.91 $72.65 $82.37
Annual Wage (2) $64,930 $85,350 $122,530 $151,110 $171,340


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 21,830 1.07 $58.40 $121,470
Support Activities for Air Transportation 950 0.59 $34.97 $72,740
Scheduled Air Transportation 170 0.04 $26.86 $55,860
Junior Colleges 50 0.01 (8) (8)
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $26.26 $54,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 21,830 1.07 $58.40 $121,470
Support Activities for Air Transportation 950 0.59 $34.97 $72,740
Scheduled Air Transportation 170 0.04 $26.86 $55,860
Junior Colleges 50 0.01 (8) (8)
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $26.26 $54,630

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 21,830 1.07 $58.40 $121,470
Nonscheduled Air Transportation (8) (8) $37.60 $78,210
Support Activities for Air Transportation 950 0.59 $34.97 $72,740
Scheduled Air Transportation 170 0.04 $26.86 $55,860
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $26.26 $54,630


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,420 0.17 0.95 $59.38 $123,500
Florida 1,810 0.25 1.39 $56.97 $118,500
New York 1,190 0.14 0.78 $61.90 $128,740
Virginia 1,180 0.33 1.84 $63.99 $133,090
Georgia 1,040 0.27 1.53 $62.57 $130,150




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 520 1.62 9.06 $51.27 $106,640
New Hampshire 500 0.81 4.53 $67.99 $141,430
New Mexico 420 0.54 3.02 $55.89 $116,260
Hawaii 260 0.44 2.49 $50.17 $104,350
District of Columbia 250 0.38 2.12 $68.28 $142,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 250 0.38 2.12 $68.28 $142,020
New Hampshire 500 0.81 4.53 $67.99 $141,430
Illinois 970 0.17 0.96 $65.34 $135,900
Virginia 1,180 0.33 1.84 $63.99 $133,090
Georgia 1,040 0.27 1.53 $62.57 $130,150





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,290 0.55 3.08 $66.88 $139,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 880 0.39 2.19 $66.97 $139,300
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 820 0.23 1.27 $69.74 $145,050
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 560 0.57 3.17 $68.19 $141,830
Kansas City, MO-KS 470 0.48 2.69 $61.19 $127,280
Anchorage, AK 330 1.91 10.68 $54.99 $114,380
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 260 0.05 0.28 $49.86 $103,720
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 240 0.30 1.65 $53.42 $111,110
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 190 0.16 0.88 $66.22 $137,740
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 150 0.08 0.47 $67.31 $140,010




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Anchorage, AK 330 1.91 10.68 $54.99 $114,380
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 560 0.57 3.17 $68.19 $141,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,290 0.55 3.08 $66.88 $139,110
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 80 0.53 2.96 $45.71 $95,090
Kansas City, MO-KS 470 0.48 2.69 $61.19 $127,280
Barnstable Town, MA 40 0.45 2.51 $44.53 $92,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 880 0.39 2.19 $66.97 $139,300
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 240 0.30 1.65 $53.42 $111,110
Springfield, MA-CT 70 0.25 1.39 $49.81 $103,600
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 820 0.23 1.27 $69.74 $145,050




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 820 0.23 1.27 $69.74 $145,050
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 560 0.57 3.17 $68.19 $141,830
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 150 0.08 0.47 $67.31 $140,010
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 880 0.39 2.19 $66.97 $139,300
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,290 0.55 3.08 $66.88 $139,110
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 190 0.16 0.88 $66.22 $137,740
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 70 0.04 0.22 $62.48 $129,970
Kansas City, MO-KS 470 0.48 2.69 $61.19 $127,280
St. Louis, MO-IL 140 0.11 0.60 $56.74 $118,020
Pittsburgh, PA 120 0.11 0.60 $56.72 $117,970

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 90 1.04 5.83 $46.08 $95,850
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.74 4.13 $45.81 $95,290
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.44 8.07 $42.49 $88,390
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.92 $38.86 $80,830

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.44 8.07 $42.49 $88,390
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 90 1.04 5.83 $46.08 $95,850
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.74 4.13 $45.81 $95,290
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.92 $38.86 $80,830

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 90 1.04 5.83 $46.08 $95,850
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.74 4.13 $45.81 $95,290
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.44 8.07 $42.49 $88,390
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.92 $38.86 $80,830


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013