Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
9,960 4.9 % $27.29 $56,760 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.35 $17.94 $25.10 $33.52 $44.10
Annual Wage (2) $27,760 $37,310 $52,200 $69,720 $91,730


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 2,980 1.38 $25.08 $52,170
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,770 0.05 $24.86 $51,710
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,500 0.33 $34.13 $70,990
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 840 1.86 $22.78 $47,390
Management of Companies and Enterprises 470 0.02 (8) (8)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 840 1.86 $22.78 $47,390
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,980 1.38 $25.08 $52,170
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,500 0.33 $34.13 $70,990
Facilities Support Services 180 0.12 $28.71 $59,720
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,770 0.05 $24.86 $51,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 150 0.03 $36.75 $76,450
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,500 0.33 $34.13 $70,990
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 90 (7) $32.25 $67,080
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $29.80 $61,980
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 40 (7) $29.42 $61,180


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 1,470 0.09 1.26 $28.03 $58,300
Texas 1,230 0.10 1.47 $30.25 $62,920
Florida 650 0.08 1.10 $25.92 $53,920
Hawaii 610 0.95 13.85 $24.28 $50,490
New York 420 0.04 0.64 $28.19 $58,630




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)
Hawaii 610 0.95 13.85 $24.28 $50,490
Alaska 110 0.35 5.08 $34.27 $71,290
Arizona 330 0.12 1.70 $36.35 $75,610
Utah 150 0.10 1.47 $23.52 $48,910
Texas 1,230 0.10 1.47 $30.25 $62,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 70 0.06 0.80 $38.62 $80,320
Arizona 330 0.12 1.70 $36.35 $75,610
Alaska 110 0.35 5.08 $34.27 $71,290
Pennsylvania 250 0.04 0.63 $33.31 $69,280
New Jersey 180 0.04 0.64 $32.82 $68,270





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 700 0.11 1.66 $28.80 $59,910
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 580 0.16 2.34 $38.66 $80,400
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 500 0.05 0.77 $30.83 $64,120
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 380 0.13 1.87 $22.05 $45,860
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 340 0.13 1.89 $27.88 $57,990
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 280 0.06 0.88 $23.07 $47,980
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 280 0.10 1.52 $29.21 $60,770
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 280 0.25 3.60 $24.04 $50,010
Urban Honolulu, HI 250 0.53 7.70 (8) (8)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 240 0.12 1.74 $29.58 $61,520




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)
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.40 20.35 (8) (8)
Urban Honolulu, HI 250 0.53 7.70 (8) (8)
Anchorage, AK 40 0.26 3.77 $30.06 $62,530
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 280 0.25 3.60 $24.04 $50,010
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 580 0.16 2.34 $38.66 $80,400
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 50 0.15 2.19 $17.94 $37,300
Salt Lake City, UT 100 0.14 1.96 $27.06 $56,280
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 340 0.13 1.89 $27.88 $57,990
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 380 0.13 1.87 $22.05 $45,860
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 50 0.12 1.81 $29.43 $61,220




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)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 580 0.16 2.34 $38.66 $80,400
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 50 0.05 0.76 $37.02 $77,010
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 130 0.04 0.64 $35.96 $74,810
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 140 0.07 1.04 $34.01 $70,730
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 90 0.06 0.88 $33.94 $70,590
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 60 0.06 0.82 $31.87 $66,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 80 0.03 0.38 $31.40 $65,320
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 500 0.05 0.77 $30.83 $64,120
Anchorage, AK 40 0.26 3.77 $30.06 $62,530
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 60 0.04 0.62 $29.76 $61,900

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.14 1.97 $18.19 $37,840
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 5.22 $19.13 $39,790
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 6.50 (8) (8)

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 40 0.45 6.50 (8) (8)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 5.22 $19.13 $39,790
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.14 1.97 $18.19 $37,840

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)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.89 $53,860
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 5.22 $19.13 $39,790
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.14 1.97 $18.19 $37,840


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.

(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 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