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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

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)
12,610 2.9 % $ 26.13 $ 54,360 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Airfield Operations Specialists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.79 $ 18.26 $ 23.02 $ 30.46 $ 39.38
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,770 $ 37,990 $ 47,880 $ 63,350 $ 81,910


Industry profile for Airfield Operations Specialists:

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)
Support Activities for Air Transportation 4,290 2.20 $ 21.51 $ 44,740
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 3,090 0.06 $ 25.33 $ 52,680
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,980 0.51 $ 26.02 $ 54,130
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 890 0.10 $ 26.96 $ 56,080
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 860 1.78 $ 29.89 $ 62,170

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)
Support Activities for Air Transportation 4,290 2.20 $ 21.51 $ 44,740
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 860 1.78 $ 29.89 $ 62,170
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,980 0.51 $ 26.02 $ 54,130
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 890 0.10 $ 26.96 $ 56,080
Technical and Trade Schools 80 0.06 $ 17.66 $ 36,740

Top paying industries for Airfield Operations Specialists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $ 53.29 $ 110,840
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 90 (7) $ 38.40 $ 79,880
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 130 0.03 $ 37.92 $ 78,870
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 310 0.01 $ 32.06 $ 66,690
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 860 1.78 $ 29.89 $ 62,170


Geographic profile for Airfield Operations Specialists:

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.



Map of employment of airfield operations specialists by state, May 2021


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 3,170 0.19 2.14 $ 22.36 $ 46,500
Texas 1,220 0.10 1.12 $ 37.14 $ 77,260
Florida 1,070 0.12 1.39 $ 21.30 $ 44,310
Tennessee 700 0.23 2.61 $ 23.63 $ 49,150
Missouri 580 0.21 2.36 $ 16.39 $ 34,090


Map of location quotient of airfield operations specialists by state, May 2021


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)
North Dakota 260 0.66 7.35 $ 17.56 $ 36,520
Alaska 130 0.45 5.01 $ 31.31 $ 65,130
South Dakota 100 0.24 2.66 $ 17.47 $ 36,340
Tennessee 700 0.23 2.61 $ 23.63 $ 49,150
Missouri 580 0.21 2.36 $ 16.39 $ 34,090


Map of annual mean wages of airfield operations specialists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Airfield Operations Specialists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 150 0.05 0.52 $ 38.67 $ 80,420
Maryland 70 0.03 0.29 $ 38.26 $ 79,590
New Jersey 250 0.07 0.73 $ 37.61 $ 78,220
Texas 1,220 0.10 1.12 $ 37.14 $ 77,260
Georgia 290 0.07 0.75 $ 35.95 $ 74,780



Map of employment of airfield operations specialists by area, May 2021


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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,590 0.28 3.10 (8) (8)
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 630 1.04 11.63 $ 23.59 $ 49,070
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 590 0.07 0.77 $ 36.15 $ 75,190
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 540 0.35 3.93 $ 17.51 $ 36,430
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 490 0.14 1.52 (8) (8)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 480 0.19 2.18 $ 23.38 $ 48,620
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 470 0.21 2.36 $ 25.85 $ 53,760
St. Louis, MO-IL 320 0.25 2.80 $ 17.17 $ 35,720
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 280 0.10 1.07 $ 25.07 $ 52,150
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 240 0.21 2.30 $ 20.14 $ 41,890


Map of location quotient of airfield operations specialists by area, May 2021


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)
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 630 1.04 11.63 $ 23.59 $ 49,070
Grand Forks, ND-MN 50 0.96 10.75 $ 16.06 $ 33,400
Bismarck, ND 60 0.91 10.21 $ 16.55 $ 34,420
Anchorage, AK 70 0.44 4.90 $ 28.11 $ 58,480
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 540 0.35 3.93 $ 17.51 $ 36,430
Sioux Falls, SD 50 0.32 3.56 $ 16.40 $ 34,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,590 0.28 3.10 (8) (8)
St. Louis, MO-IL 320 0.25 2.80 $ 17.17 $ 35,720
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 470 0.21 2.36 $ 25.85 $ 53,760
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 240 0.21 2.30 $ 20.14 $ 41,890


Map of annual mean wages of airfield operations specialists by area, May 2021


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)
Austin-Round Rock, TX 160 0.15 1.63 $ 42.55 $ 88,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 220 0.09 0.95 $ 38.57 $ 80,230
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 110 0.06 0.67 $ 38.09 $ 79,230
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 590 0.07 0.77 $ 36.15 $ 75,190
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 50 0.03 0.38 $ 35.98 $ 74,830
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 50 0.05 0.52 $ 35.92 $ 74,700
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 200 0.05 0.54 $ 32.64 $ 67,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 80 0.03 0.29 $ 31.83 $ 66,200
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 170 0.06 0.71 $ 31.26 $ 65,020
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 120 0.06 0.66 $ 31.11 $ 64,710

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Airfield Operations Specialists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.65 7.29 $ 20.97 $ 43,620
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 5.59 $ 35.94 $ 74,760

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.65 7.29 $ 20.97 $ 43,620
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 5.59 $ 35.94 $ 74,760

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Airfield Operations Specialists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 5.59 $ 35.94 $ 74,760
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 24.27 $ 50,490
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 23.39 $ 48,650
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.65 7.29 $ 20.97 $ 43,620


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022