Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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 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)
8,760 5.1 % $25.19 $52,380 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.39 $16.46 $23.51 $30.59 $43.44
Annual Wage (2) $23,690 $34,240 $48,910 $63,640 $90,350


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)
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,690 1.37 $23.39 $48,660
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,680 0.05 $24.69 $51,350
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,110 0.26 $28.50 $59,270
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 430 1.01 $25.18 $52,370
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 410 0.02 $27.32 $56,830

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,690 1.37 $23.39 $48,660
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 430 1.01 $25.18 $52,370
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,110 0.26 $28.50 $59,270
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,680 0.05 $24.69 $51,350
Technical and Trade Schools 50 0.04 $15.79 $32,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 120 0.01 $41.37 $86,050
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $37.47 $77,940
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 180 0.04 $33.73 $70,150
Facilities Support Services 60 0.04 $31.63 $65,800
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 60 (7) $30.37 $63,170


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)
Texas 920 0.08 1.26 $29.43 $61,220
California 730 0.05 0.74 $31.04 $64,570
Florida 570 0.07 1.11 $24.22 $50,380
Georgia 510 0.12 1.93 $27.56 $57,330
Pennsylvania 410 0.07 1.14 $29.87 $62,130




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 100 0.29 4.71 $32.58 $67,760
Vermont 50 0.17 2.68 $20.08 $41,760
Utah 170 0.13 2.01 $21.04 $43,760
Georgia 510 0.12 1.93 $27.56 $57,330
Arizona 260 0.10 1.59 $32.49 $67,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 60 0.05 0.81 $33.47 $69,610
Alaska 100 0.29 4.71 $32.58 $67,760
Arizona 260 0.10 1.59 $32.49 $67,580
Massachusetts 150 0.04 0.68 $32.07 $66,700
California 730 0.05 0.74 $31.04 $64,570





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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 440 0.17 2.77 $28.26 $58,780
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 420 0.14 2.32 $23.07 $47,990
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 380 0.06 0.91 $24.12 $50,160
Urban Honolulu, HI 370 0.80 12.86 $12.70 $26,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.07 1.19 $33.80 $70,300
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 220 0.20 3.20 $26.25 $54,600
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 180 0.15 2.44 $27.26 $56,700
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 170 0.07 1.10 $37.43 $77,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 150 0.08 1.22 $26.20 $54,500
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.08 1.24 $31.83 $66,210




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)
Urban Honolulu, HI 370 0.80 12.86 $12.70 $26,420
Anchorage, AK 70 0.40 6.37 $32.64 $67,890
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 60 0.38 6.03 $22.20 $46,180
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 40 0.32 5.18 $21.16 $44,020
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 220 0.20 3.20 $26.25 $54,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 440 0.17 2.77 $28.26 $58,780
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 180 0.15 2.44 $27.26 $56,700
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 420 0.14 2.32 $23.07 $47,990
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 40 0.12 1.98 $15.86 $32,990
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 30 0.12 1.89 $21.30 $44,300




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 40 0.05 0.78 $42.33 $88,040
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.79 $38.80 $80,700
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.04 0.65 $38.06 $79,160
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 170 0.07 1.10 $37.43 $77,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.07 1.19 $33.80 $70,300
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 30 0.03 0.49 $33.40 $69,480
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 60 0.06 0.96 $32.87 $68,370
Anchorage, AK 70 0.40 6.37 $32.64 $67,890
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.08 1.24 $31.83 $66,210
Pittsburgh, PA (8) (8) (8) $31.63 $65,800

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)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 30 0.80 12.82 $10.08 $20,960

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)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 30 0.80 12.82 $10.08 $20,960

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)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 30 0.80 12.82 $10.08 $20,960


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