Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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 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)
22,390 0.8 % $58.09 $120,830 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $32.74 $41.78 $59.87 $73.48 $85.89
Annual Wage (2) $68,090 $86,900 $124,540 $152,830 $178,650


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 20,430 1.02 $59.45 $123,660
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,240 0.57 $45.08 $93,760
Scheduled Air Transportation 150 0.03 $45.04 $93,680
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 120 0.00 $32.43 $67,450
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 90 0.01 $52.32 $108,820

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 20,430 1.02 $59.45 $123,660
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,240 0.57 $45.08 $93,760
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 50 0.12 $35.71 $74,280
Facilities Support Services 70 0.04 (8) (8)
Scheduled Air Transportation 150 0.03 $45.04 $93,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 20,430 1.02 $59.45 $123,660
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 90 0.01 $52.32 $108,820
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,240 0.57 $45.08 $93,760
Scheduled Air Transportation 150 0.03 $45.04 $93,680
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 90 0.02 $37.30 $77,580


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 2,240 0.13 0.85 $63.61 $132,300
Texas 1,880 0.16 1.01 $64.07 $133,260
New York 1,230 0.13 0.85 $62.90 $130,840
Virginia 1,090 0.28 1.84 $67.08 $139,520
Georgia 990 0.22 1.45 $65.48 $136,210




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)
New Hampshire 440 0.67 4.35 $70.84 $147,350
New Mexico 340 0.42 2.72 $55.24 $114,890
Hawaii 260 0.41 2.64 $52.91 $110,050
Kansas 420 0.31 1.98 $58.90 $122,510
Virginia 1,090 0.28 1.84 $67.08 $139,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 440 0.67 4.35 $70.84 $147,350
Virginia 1,090 0.28 1.84 $67.08 $139,520
Illinois 940 0.16 1.01 $65.57 $136,390
Georgia 990 0.22 1.45 $65.48 $136,210
Texas 1,880 0.16 1.01 $64.07 $133,260





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,630 0.52 3.35 $56.39 $117,290
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,100 0.12 0.75 $67.20 $139,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 820 0.30 1.97 $69.23 $144,000
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 760 0.16 1.06 $70.93 $147,540
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 550 0.28 1.83 $65.25 $135,720
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 510 0.18 1.18 $69.71 $144,990
Jacksonville, FL 420 0.61 3.91 $62.42 $129,830
Kansas City, MO-KS 410 0.38 2.48 $60.16 $125,140
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 270 0.19 1.20 $60.38 $125,590
Anchorage, AK 270 1.56 10.06 $60.45 $125,730




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)
Panama City, FL 160 1.96 12.70 (8) (8)
Anchorage, AK 270 1.56 10.06 $60.45 $125,730
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 80 0.75 4.85 $39.19 $81,510
Jacksonville, FL 420 0.61 3.91 $62.42 $129,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,630 0.52 3.35 $56.39 $117,290
Kansas City, MO-KS 410 0.38 2.48 $60.16 $125,140
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 0.32 2.10 $48.75 $101,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 820 0.30 1.97 $69.23 $144,000
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 40 0.28 1.84 $39.25 $81,630
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 550 0.28 1.83 $65.25 $135,720




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)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 250 0.26 1.66 $73.06 $151,960
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 760 0.16 1.06 $70.93 $147,540
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 510 0.18 1.18 $69.71 $144,990
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 820 0.30 1.97 $69.23 $144,000
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,100 0.12 0.75 $67.20 $139,770
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 150 0.05 0.35 $66.62 $138,560
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 550 0.28 1.83 $65.25 $135,720
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 190 0.09 0.61 $65.00 $135,190
Jacksonville, FL 420 0.61 3.91 $62.42 $129,830
Anchorage, AK 270 1.56 10.06 $60.45 $125,730

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 100 1.17 7.58 $47.93 $99,700
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 70 0.68 4.42 $38.16 $79,370
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.59 $39.54 $82,250

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 100 1.17 7.58 $47.93 $99,700
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 70 0.68 4.42 $38.16 $79,370
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.59 $39.54 $82,250

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 100 1.17 7.58 $47.93 $99,700
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.59 $39.54 $82,250
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 70 0.68 4.42 $38.16 $79,370


About May 2018 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.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019