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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

53-2022 Airfield Operations Specialists

Ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. Duties include coordination between air-traffic control and maintenance personnel; dispatching; using airfield landing and navigational aids; implementing airfield safety procedures; monitoring and maintaining flight records; and applying knowledge of weather information.


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)
10,680 3.6 % $27.70 $57,620 3.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.70 $17.94 $25.31 $34.52 $44.37
Annual Wage (2) $28,500 $37,320 $52,650 $71,810 $92,290


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)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,940 0.05 $25.74 $53,540
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,660 1.17 $24.74 $51,460
Scheduled Air Transportation 2,300 0.51 $28.40 $59,070
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 970 2.12 $25.26 $52,550
Management of Companies and Enterprises 630 0.03 $42.50 $88,410

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 970 2.12 $25.26 $52,550
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,660 1.17 $24.74 $51,460
Scheduled Air Transportation 2,300 0.51 $28.40 $59,070
Facilities Support Services 140 0.08 $30.03 $62,470
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,940 0.05 $25.74 $53,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 630 0.03 $42.50 $88,410
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 110 0.02 $39.53 $82,230
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 90 (7) $38.00 $79,040
Facilities Support Services 140 0.08 $30.03 $62,470
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 340 0.02 $29.75 $61,890


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 1,830 0.11 1.45 $29.80 $61,990
Texas 1,300 0.10 1.44 $32.27 $67,130
Florida 790 0.09 1.23 $24.42 $50,800
Missouri 430 0.15 2.09 $17.29 $35,960
New York 400 0.04 0.58 $31.04 $64,560




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 110 0.34 4.64 $36.22 $75,350
Kentucky 380 0.20 2.77 $32.44 $67,470
South Dakota 70 0.16 2.15 $16.18 $33,650
Missouri 430 0.15 2.09 $17.29 $35,960
California 1,830 0.11 1.45 $29.80 $61,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 70 0.05 0.72 $40.66 $84,570
Alaska 110 0.34 4.64 $36.22 $75,350
Pennsylvania 210 0.03 0.48 $34.96 $72,730
Washington 170 0.05 0.69 $32.98 $68,590
New Jersey 160 0.04 0.53 $32.60 $67,810





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 740 0.12 1.64 $30.47 $63,380
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 640 0.18 2.42 (8) (8)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 550 0.21 2.86 $24.17 $50,280
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 470 0.05 0.67 $32.67 $67,950
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 360 0.12 1.64 $22.98 $47,810
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 350 0.31 4.19 $28.02 $58,270
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 280 0.26 3.54 $26.67 $55,470
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 270 0.06 0.80 $26.22 $54,540
St. Louis, MO-IL 250 0.19 2.56 $16.77 $34,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 230 0.08 1.13 $30.67 $63,790




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)
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.39 19.18 (8) (8)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 350 0.31 4.19 $28.02 $58,270
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 280 0.26 3.54 $26.67 $55,470
Anchorage, AK 40 0.25 3.40 $31.23 $64,950
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 550 0.21 2.86 $24.17 $50,280
St. Louis, MO-IL 250 0.19 2.56 $16.77 $34,880
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 640 0.18 2.42 (8) (8)
Salt Lake City, UT 110 0.15 2.04 $28.13 $58,520
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 50 0.12 1.59 $30.18 $62,770
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 180 0.12 1.68 $36.53 $75,990




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)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 50 0.05 0.64 $38.93 $80,970
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 180 0.12 1.68 $36.53 $75,990
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 130 0.05 0.62 $35.33 $73,480
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 110 0.05 0.72 $34.82 $72,430
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 470 0.05 0.67 $32.67 $67,950
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 60 0.04 0.54 $31.79 $66,120
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 210 0.11 1.45 $31.75 $66,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 80 0.03 0.35 $31.67 $65,880
Anchorage, AK 40 0.25 3.40 $31.23 $64,950
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 230 0.08 1.13 $30.67 $63,790

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 30 0.37 5.03 (8) (8)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 3.88 $21.19 $44,080

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 Alabama nonmetropolitan area 30 0.37 5.03 (8) (8)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 3.88 $21.19 $44,080

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)
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.48 $57,150
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 3.88 $21.19 $44,080


About May 2019 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 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020