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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
9,590 4.9 % $26.95 $56,060 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.18 $17.95 $25.17 $32.39 $44.76
Annual Wage (2) $27,410 $37,340 $52,360 $67,370 $93,090


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)
Support Activities for Air Transportation 3,200 1.55 $25.31 $52,650
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,690 0.05 $25.74 $53,540
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,110 0.25 $28.66 $59,620
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 570 1.30 $24.89 $51,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises 490 0.02 (8) (8)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Air Transportation 3,200 1.55 $25.31 $52,650
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 570 1.30 $24.89 $51,760
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,110 0.25 $28.66 $59,620
Facilities Support Services 100 0.06 $31.88 $66,320
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,690 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)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 160 0.03 $35.33 $73,480
Facilities Support Services 100 0.06 $31.88 $66,320
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 60 (7) $30.16 $62,730
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 70 (7) $29.66 $61,690
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 90 0.01 $29.57 $61,510


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 1,380 0.08 1.23 $27.57 $57,350
Texas 1,300 0.11 1.62 $34.88 $72,550
Hawaii 780 1.23 18.24 $21.78 $45,300
Florida 560 0.07 0.98 $24.82 $51,630
Georgia 520 0.12 1.80 $27.53 $57,260




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)
Hawaii 780 1.23 18.24 $21.78 $45,300
Alaska 110 0.34 5.08 $31.56 $65,640
Utah 180 0.13 1.93 $20.60 $42,840
Georgia 520 0.12 1.80 $27.53 $57,260
Texas 1,300 0.11 1.62 $34.88 $72,550




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 40 0.03 0.40 $35.93 $74,730
Texas 1,300 0.11 1.62 $34.88 $72,550
Arizona 290 0.11 1.60 $33.45 $69,570
Pennsylvania 210 0.04 0.54 $33.32 $69,300
Washington 250 0.08 1.17 $31.96 $66,480



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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-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 600 0.13 2.00 $28.94 $60,190
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 510 0.17 2.59 $24.30 $50,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 440 0.17 2.48 $28.46 $59,200
Urban Honolulu, HI 410 0.90 13.33 $15.57 $32,380
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 400 0.06 0.89 $28.78 $59,860
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.25 3.76 $43.98 $91,480
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 230 0.20 3.03 $26.88 $55,910
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 190 0.17 2.57 $24.76 $51,490
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 190 0.26 3.81 $27.66 $57,540
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.13 1.92 $21.70 $45,130


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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)
Urban Honolulu, HI 410 0.90 13.33 $15.57 $32,380
Anchorage, AK 60 0.37 5.45 $32.37 $67,330
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 60 0.36 5.36 $22.92 $47,670
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 190 0.26 3.81 $27.66 $57,540
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.25 3.76 $43.98 $91,480
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 40 0.24 3.61 $19.92 $41,440
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 230 0.20 3.03 $26.88 $55,910
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 190 0.17 2.57 $24.76 $51,490
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 510 0.17 2.59 $24.30 $50,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 440 0.17 2.48 $28.46 $59,200


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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)
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.25 3.76 $43.98 $91,480
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.72 $38.17 $79,400
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 30 0.04 0.52 $36.17 $75,220
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 90 0.10 1.44 $35.72 $74,290
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.40 $35.15 $73,110
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.08 1.13 $33.57 $69,830
Anchorage, AK 60 0.37 5.45 $32.37 $67,330
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 90 0.07 0.97 $31.47 $65,470
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.09 1.28 $31.29 $65,090
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.61 $31.22 $64,930

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)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 1.18 17.51 $10.12 $21,040

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)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 1.18 17.51 $10.12 $21,040

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 Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 1.18 17.51 $10.12 $21,040


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018