Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
22,790 1.7 % $57.82 $120,260 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $32.42 $41.64 $59.87 $72.89 $84.52
Annual Wage (2) $67,440 $86,610 $124,540 $151,620 $175,800


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) 20,370 1.01 $58.91 $122,530
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,230 0.59 $44.67 $92,910
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 130 0.00 $32.51 $67,610
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70 0.00 $50.71 $105,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 0.00 $40.94 $85,150

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) 20,370 1.01 $58.91 $122,530
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,230 0.59 $44.67 $92,910
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 130 0.00 $32.51 $67,610
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 0.00 $40.94 $85,150
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70 0.00 $50.71 $105,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation (8) (8) $60.79 $126,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 20,370 1.01 $58.91 $122,530
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70 (7) $50.71 $105,490
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,230 0.59 $44.67 $92,910
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $40.94 $85,150


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 2,180 0.13 0.82 $62.35 $129,680
Florida 1,770 0.21 1.32 $57.98 $120,590
Illinois 1,190 0.20 1.26 $66.12 $137,520
New York 1,170 0.13 0.79 $62.24 $129,460
Virginia 1,060 0.28 1.75 $67.61 $140,630




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)
Alaska 460 1.44 9.02 $53.25 $110,770
District of Columbia 700 1.00 6.22 $35.62 $74,090
New Hampshire 430 0.66 4.15 $71.44 $148,600
New Mexico 340 0.42 2.62 $55.93 $116,330
Oklahoma 510 0.32 2.02 $52.62 $109,440




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 430 0.66 4.15 $71.44 $148,600
Virginia 1,060 0.28 1.75 $67.61 $140,630
Georgia 890 0.21 1.29 $66.16 $137,600
Illinois 1,190 0.20 1.26 $66.12 $137,520
Ohio 730 0.14 0.86 $62.36 $129,720



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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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.65 4.06 $55.86 $116,190
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 740 0.28 1.77 $70.32 $146,270
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 710 0.55 3.42 $69.79 $145,160
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 610 0.21 1.30 $70.10 $145,800
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 580 0.30 1.87 $63.69 $132,480
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 540 0.47 2.94 $64.35 $133,840
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 430 0.30 1.89 $68.17 $141,800
Kansas City, MO-KS 400 0.38 2.40 $61.19 $127,280
Jacksonville, FL 400 0.59 3.71 $63.88 $132,870
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 400 2.98 18.67 $74.29 $154,510


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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)
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 400 2.98 18.67 $74.29 $154,510
Anchorage, AK 280 1.64 10.25 $57.84 $120,320
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 80 0.73 4.55 $39.56 $82,290
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.65 4.06 $55.86 $116,190
Jacksonville, FL 400 0.59 3.71 $63.88 $132,870
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 710 0.55 3.42 $69.79 $145,160
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 540 0.47 2.94 $64.35 $133,840
Kansas City, MO-KS 400 0.38 2.40 $61.19 $127,280
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 0.32 2.01 $46.57 $96,860
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 430 0.30 1.89 $68.17 $141,800


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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)
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 400 2.98 18.67 $74.29 $154,510
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 120 0.14 0.86 $70.84 $147,360
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 740 0.28 1.77 $70.32 $146,270
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 610 0.21 1.30 $70.10 $145,800
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 710 0.55 3.42 $69.79 $145,160
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 430 0.30 1.89 $68.17 $141,800
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $66.98 $139,310
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.42 $64.90 $135,000
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 540 0.47 2.94 $64.35 $133,840
Jacksonville, FL 400 0.59 3.71 $63.88 $132,870

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 80 0.93 5.83 $48.73 $101,360
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.29 8.05 $46.35 $96,410
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 2.16 $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 Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.29 8.05 $46.35 $96,410
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 0.93 5.83 $48.73 $101,360
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 2.16 $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 80 0.93 5.83 $48.73 $101,360
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.29 8.05 $46.35 $96,410
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 2.16 $39.54 $82,250


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