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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Air Traffic Controllers
Industry profile for Air Traffic Controllers
Geographic profile for Air Traffic Controllers

National estimates for Air Traffic Controllers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Air Traffic Controllers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
22,190 0.9 % $ 61.27 $ 127,440 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Air Traffic Controllers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 34.98 $ 43.73 $ 62.70 $ 77.80 $ 88.84
Annual Wage (2) $ 72,760 $ 90,950 $ 130,420 $ 161,820 $ 184,780


Industry profile for Air Traffic Controllers: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Air Traffic Controllers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 20,060 0.96 $ 62.69 $ 130,400
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,310 0.63 $ 46.79 $ 97,320
Scheduled Air Transportation 100 0.02 $ 43.74 $ 90,970
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70 0.00 $ 41.04 $ 85,360
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 70 0.00 $ 38.29 $ 79,640

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Air Traffic Controllers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 20,060 0.96 $ 62.69 $ 130,400
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,310 0.63 $ 46.79 $ 97,320
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 40 0.09 $ 37.02 $ 77,010
Scheduled Air Transportation 100 0.02 $ 43.74 $ 90,970
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $ 36.97 $ 76,910

Top paying industries for Air Traffic Controllers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 20,060 0.96 $ 62.69 $ 130,400
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,310 0.63 $ 46.79 $ 97,320
Scheduled Air Transportation 100 0.02 $ 43.74 $ 90,970
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70 (7) $ 41.04 $ 85,360
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 70 (7) $ 38.29 $ 79,640


Geographic profile for Air Traffic Controllers: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Air Traffic Controllers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,210 0.13 0.84 $ 68.05 $ 141,530
Florida 2,110 0.25 1.57 $ 58.97 $ 122,650
Texas 1,920 0.16 1.00 $ 67.08 $ 139,530
Virginia 1,060 0.29 1.80 (8) (8)
Georgia 1,020 0.24 1.49 $ 69.45 $ 144,450




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Air Traffic Controllers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 450 1.51 9.44 $ 55.43 $ 115,300
New Hampshire 460 0.75 4.68 $ 71.01 $ 147,710
District of Columbia 500 0.73 4.55 $ 40.29 $ 83,810
Hawaii 230 0.40 2.52 $ 60.41 $ 125,660
Kansas 410 0.31 1.92 $ 63.55 $ 132,190




Top paying states for Air Traffic Controllers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 460 0.75 4.68 $ 71.01 $ 147,710
Georgia 1,020 0.24 1.49 $ 69.45 $ 144,450
Illinois 910 0.16 1.02 $ 68.98 $ 143,480
California 2,210 0.13 0.84 $ 68.05 $ 141,530
Minnesota 580 0.21 1.34 $ 67.99 $ 141,410





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Air Traffic Controllers:

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 1,440 0.48 2.99 $ 64.15 $ 133,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 870 0.33 2.08 $ 73.48 $ 152,840
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 770 0.21 1.34 $ 73.21 $ 152,270
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 730 0.17 1.05 $ 74.72 $ 155,420
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 690 0.28 1.73 $ 65.41 $ 136,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 670 0.11 0.72 $ 70.78 $ 147,230
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 540 0.29 1.82 $ 70.32 $ 146,260
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 530 0.54 3.40 $ 70.22 $ 146,050
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 520 0.20 1.26 $ 70.60 $ 146,840
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 470 0.24 1.51 $ 67.48 $ 140,350




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Air Traffic Controllers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Panama City, FL 200 2.70 16.90 $ 36.11 $ 75,120
Anchorage, AK 280 1.70 10.65 (8) (8)
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 90 0.86 5.37 $ 37.89 $ 78,810
Jacksonville, FL 410 0.60 3.77 $ 65.00 $ 135,210
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 530 0.54 3.40 $ 70.22 $ 146,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,440 0.48 2.99 $ 64.15 $ 133,430
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 50 0.43 2.72 $ 55.65 $ 115,750
Urban Honolulu, HI 170 0.42 2.63 $ 65.56 $ 136,370
Kansas City, MO-KS 400 0.39 2.46 $ 64.34 $ 133,830
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 870 0.33 2.08 $ 73.48 $ 152,840




Top paying metropolitan areas for Air Traffic Controllers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 280 0.29 1.79 $ 75.59 $ 157,220
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 730 0.17 1.05 $ 74.72 $ 155,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 870 0.33 2.08 $ 73.48 $ 152,840
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 770 0.21 1.34 $ 73.21 $ 152,270
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (8) (8) (8) $ 72.58 $ 150,970
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 410 0.17 1.09 $ 71.64 $ 149,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 670 0.11 0.72 $ 70.78 $ 147,230
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 520 0.20 1.26 $ 70.60 $ 146,840
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 540 0.29 1.82 $ 70.32 $ 146,260
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 530 0.54 3.40 $ 70.22 $ 146,050

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Air Traffic Controllers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.81 $ 42.34 $ 88,060

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Air Traffic Controllers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.81 $ 42.34 $ 88,060

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Air Traffic Controllers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.81 $ 42.34 $ 88,060


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