Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
23,240 1.7 % $56.83 $118,200 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.92 $40.73 $58.85 $71.74 $83.02
Annual Wage (2) $66,390 $84,730 $122,410 $149,230 $172,680


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) 20,500 1.01 $58.24 $121,130
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,610 0.82 $43.47 $90,410
Local Government (OES Designation) 80 0.00 $31.57 $65,670
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70 0.01 $55.68 $115,820
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 0.00 $40.75 $84,750

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) 20,500 1.01 $58.24 $121,130
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,610 0.82 $43.47 $90,410
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70 0.01 $55.68 $115,820
Local Government (OES Designation) 80 0.00 $31.57 $65,670
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 30 0.00 (8) (8)

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) 20,500 1.01 $58.24 $121,130
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70 0.01 $55.68 $115,820
Scheduled Air Transportation (8) (8) $53.67 $111,640
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,610 0.82 $43.47 $90,410
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 (7) $40.75 $84,750


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 2,270 0.14 0.86 $61.55 $128,030
Texas 2,060 0.18 1.06 $60.03 $124,850
Florida 1,780 0.22 1.30 $56.98 $118,530
Illinois 1,350 0.23 1.38 $61.67 $128,270
New York 1,100 0.12 0.73 $62.99 $131,010




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 0.69 4.16 $68.92 $143,360
New Mexico 340 0.42 2.53 $57.23 $119,040
Hawaii 250 0.39 2.36 $51.50 $107,120
Oklahoma 550 0.35 2.09 $50.07 $104,150
Kansas 450 0.33 1.99 $57.12 $118,800




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 0.69 4.16 $68.92 $143,360
Virginia 1,060 0.28 1.71 $66.06 $137,410
Georgia 900 0.21 1.29 $65.33 $135,900
Minnesota 590 0.21 1.27 $63.44 $131,950
Ohio 740 0.14 0.84 $63.41 $131,880





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 3.95 $53.65 $111,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 770 0.30 1.82 $69.45 $144,450
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 740 0.57 3.46 $69.10 $143,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.15 0.91 $62.81 $130,640
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 640 0.17 1.06 $56.55 $117,630
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 610 0.21 1.26 $68.59 $142,670
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 550 0.29 1.74 $65.30 $135,820
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 510 0.50 3.01 $71.12 $147,920
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 450 0.28 1.72 $61.85 $128,650
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 410 3.16 19.10 $71.56 $148,850




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 410 3.16 19.10 $71.56 $148,850
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.65 3.95 $53.65 $111,590
Jacksonville, FL 400 0.62 3.74 $63.75 $132,610
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 740 0.57 3.46 $69.10 $143,740
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 510 0.50 3.01 $71.12 $147,920
Kansas City, MO-KS 400 0.38 2.31 $61.29 $127,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 770 0.30 1.82 $69.45 $144,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 550 0.29 1.74 $65.30 $135,820
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 450 0.28 1.72 $61.85 $128,650
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 30 0.27 1.62 $36.79 $76,520




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 410 3.16 19.10 $71.56 $148,850
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 510 0.50 3.01 $71.12 $147,920
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 770 0.30 1.82 $69.45 $144,450
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 740 0.57 3.46 $69.10 $143,740
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 130 0.15 0.88 $68.90 $143,300
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 610 0.21 1.26 $68.59 $142,670
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 100 0.08 0.50 $66.17 $137,630
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 550 0.29 1.74 $65.30 $135,820
Jacksonville, FL 400 0.62 3.74 $63.75 $132,610
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.02 0.14 $63.58 $132,250

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 0.94 5.66 $48.23 $100,310
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.67 4.03 $45.87 $95,400
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 2.14 $37.92 $78,870
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.25 7.55 $43.20 $89,860
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.88 $37.06 $77,090

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 40 1.25 7.55 $43.20 $89,860
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 0.94 5.66 $48.23 $100,310
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.67 4.03 $45.87 $95,400
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 2.14 $37.92 $78,870
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.88 $37.06 $77,090

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 0.94 5.66 $48.23 $100,310
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.67 4.03 $45.87 $95,400
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.25 7.55 $43.20 $89,860
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $40.45 $84,140
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 1.88 $40.41 $84,050


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017