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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Airfield Operations Specialists
Industry profile for Airfield Operations Specialists
Geographic profile for Airfield Operations Specialists

National estimates for Airfield Operations Specialists: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Airfield Operations Specialists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
10,590 3.0 % $ 28.06 $ 58,360 3.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Airfield Operations Specialists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.78 $ 17.08 $ 24.68 $ 35.78 $ 47.49
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,660 $ 35,530 $ 51,330 $ 74,430 $ 98,770


Industry profile for Airfield Operations Specialists: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Airfield Operations Specialists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,810 0.05 $ 26.61 $ 55,350
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,520 1.21 $ 23.68 $ 49,250
Scheduled Air Transportation 2,390 0.54 $ 29.16 $ 60,650
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 920 2.00 $ 27.01 $ 56,170
Management of Companies and Enterprises 500 0.02 (8) (8)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Airfield Operations Specialists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 920 2.00 $ 27.01 $ 56,170
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,520 1.21 $ 23.68 $ 49,250
Scheduled Air Transportation 2,390 0.54 $ 29.16 $ 60,650
Technical and Trade Schools 70 0.06 $ 21.28 $ 44,270
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,810 0.05 $ 26.61 $ 55,350

Top paying industries for Airfield Operations Specialists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 120 0.02 $ 38.78 $ 80,660
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 90 (7) $ 36.87 $ 76,690
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 330 0.02 $ 31.57 $ 65,660
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $ 30.27 $ 62,960
Scheduled Air Transportation 2,390 0.54 $ 29.16 $ 60,650


Geographic profile for Airfield Operations Specialists: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Airfield Operations Specialists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,680 0.10 1.34 $ 27.98 $ 58,190
Texas 1,360 0.11 1.47 $ 34.12 $ 70,970
Florida 960 0.11 1.49 $ 22.42 $ 46,630
New York 430 0.05 0.65 $ 37.26 $ 77,500
Tennessee 310 0.11 1.42 $ 23.32 $ 48,510




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Airfield Operations Specialists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 90 0.31 4.05 (8) (8)
Kentucky 300 0.17 2.23 $ 38.28 $ 79,620
North Dakota 50 0.13 1.76 $ 20.52 $ 42,680
Florida 960 0.11 1.49 $ 22.42 $ 46,630
Texas 1,360 0.11 1.47 $ 34.12 $ 70,970




Top paying states for Airfield Operations Specialists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 100 0.08 1.01 $ 38.77 $ 80,640
Kentucky 300 0.17 2.23 $ 38.28 $ 79,620
New York 430 0.05 0.65 $ 37.26 $ 77,500
Washington 170 0.05 0.69 $ 36.93 $ 76,820
Iowa 40 0.03 0.39 $ 35.34 $ 73,500





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Airfield Operations Specialists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 650 0.18 2.39 (8) (8)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 530 0.21 2.77 $ 23.75 $ 49,400
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 520 0.06 0.78 $ 37.46 $ 77,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 390 0.07 0.89 $ 36.70 $ 76,340
St. Louis, MO-IL 360 0.28 3.66 $ 16.92 $ 35,200
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 300 0.10 1.33 $ 22.67 $ 47,160
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 280 0.06 0.83 $ 26.80 $ 55,740
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 220 0.16 2.11 $ 33.05 $ 68,750
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 180 0.18 2.33 $ 32.49 $ 67,570
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 170 0.10 1.28 $ 31.25 $ 65,000




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Airfield Operations Specialists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 40 0.32 4.23 $ 18.80 $ 39,100
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 30 0.28 3.70 $ 16.74 $ 34,820
St. Louis, MO-IL 360 0.28 3.66 $ 16.92 $ 35,200
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 50 0.26 3.46 (8) (8)
Anchorage, AK 40 0.25 3.30 $ 33.86 $ 70,420
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 530 0.21 2.77 $ 23.75 $ 49,400
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 650 0.18 2.39 (8) (8)
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 180 0.18 2.33 $ 32.49 $ 67,570
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 220 0.16 2.11 $ 33.05 $ 68,750
Springfield, MO 30 0.15 1.95 $ 16.84 $ 35,030




Top paying metropolitan areas for Airfield Operations Specialists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 30 0.03 0.45 $ 38.90 $ 80,910
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 520 0.06 0.78 $ 37.46 $ 77,920
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 110 0.05 0.72 $ 37.42 $ 77,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 390 0.07 0.89 $ 36.70 $ 76,340
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 70 0.08 1.04 $ 36.41 $ 75,730
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 70 0.03 0.38 $ 36.38 $ 75,680
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 60 0.04 0.50 $ 34.25 $ 71,240
Anchorage, AK 40 0.25 3.30 $ 33.86 $ 70,420
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 70 0.02 0.31 $ 33.07 $ 68,790
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 220 0.16 2.11 $ 33.05 $ 68,750


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021