Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
23,130 1.6 % $57.09 $118,740 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $32.10 $41.50 $59.11 $72.17 $82.97
Annual Wage (2) $66,780 $86,330 $122,950 $150,120 $172,590


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 1.03 $58.80 $122,310
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,550 0.84 $40.96 $85,200
Scheduled Air Transportation 610 0.15 $50.35 $104,730
Local Government (OES Designation) 90 0.00 $33.25 $69,170
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 0.00 $41.06 $85,400

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 1.03 $58.80 $122,310
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,550 0.84 $40.96 $85,200
Scheduled Air Transportation 610 0.15 $50.35 $104,730
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 30 0.08 $28.65 $59,580
Local Government (OES Designation) 90 0.00 $33.25 $69,170

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) 20,370 1.03 $58.80 $122,310
Scheduled Air Transportation 610 0.15 $50.35 $104,730
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 (7) $41.06 $85,400
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,550 0.84 $40.96 $85,200
Local Government (OES Designation) 90 (7) $33.25 $69,170


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)
California 2,340 0.15 0.90 $60.38 $125,590
Texas 2,000 0.17 1.03 $60.49 $125,830
Florida 1,810 0.23 1.36 $57.13 $118,840
Illinois 1,310 0.22 1.34 $61.35 $127,600
New York 1,070 0.12 0.71 $63.96 $133,050



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 500 1.53 9.09 $50.79 $105,640
New Hampshire 470 0.74 4.43 $67.11 $139,590
New Mexico 330 0.42 2.49 $56.13 $116,740
Hawaii 240 0.39 2.30 $52.02 $108,200
Kansas 440 0.32 1.93 $57.01 $118,580



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 470 0.74 4.43 $67.11 $139,590
Virginia 1,040 0.28 1.68 $67.11 $139,580
Georgia 920 0.22 1.34 $65.16 $135,530
Minnesota 590 0.21 1.27 $65.13 $135,460
New York 1,070 0.12 0.71 $63.96 $133,050




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 1,390 0.58 3.43 $61.45 $127,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 780 0.32 1.88 $69.62 $144,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 660 0.16 0.96 $61.66 $128,250
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 590 0.20 1.20 $70.34 $146,310
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 580 0.16 0.97 $55.60 $115,650
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 570 0.37 2.22 $57.10 $118,770
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 560 0.55 3.28 $70.05 $145,690
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 560 0.51 3.06 $63.43 $131,930
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 550 0.29 1.74 $66.90 $139,160
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 530 0.53 3.17 $63.16 $131,380



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 430 3.38 20.13 $69.96 $145,520
Anchorage, AK 290 1.61 9.59 $55.29 $115,000
Jacksonville, FL 430 0.69 4.13 $62.97 $130,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,390 0.58 3.43 $61.45 $127,810
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 560 0.55 3.28 $70.05 $145,690
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 530 0.53 3.17 $63.16 $131,380
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 560 0.51 3.06 $63.43 $131,930
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 570 0.37 2.22 $57.10 $118,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 780 0.32 1.88 $69.62 $144,800
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 550 0.29 1.74 $66.90 $139,160



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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 590 0.20 1.20 $70.34 $146,310
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 560 0.55 3.28 $70.05 $145,690
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 430 3.38 20.13 $69.96 $145,520
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 780 0.32 1.88 $69.62 $144,800
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 190 0.14 0.84 $67.65 $140,710
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 550 0.29 1.74 $66.90 $139,160
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 60 0.06 0.36 $64.97 $135,140
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 90 0.08 0.47 $63.99 $133,090
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 560 0.51 3.06 $63.43 $131,930
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 530 0.53 3.17 $63.16 $131,380

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.18 7.06 $45.31 $94,240
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 0.92 5.48 $48.06 $99,970
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 1.92 $36.17 $75,240
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.27 7.60 $43.40 $90,280
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.73 $39.62 $82,400

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 1.27 7.60 $43.40 $90,280
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.18 7.06 $45.31 $94,240
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 0.92 5.48 $48.06 $99,970
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 1.94 $40.11 $83,420
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 1.92 $36.17 $75,240

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 0.92 5.48 $48.06 $99,970
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.18 7.06 $45.31 $94,240
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.27 7.60 $43.40 $90,280
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 1.94 $40.11 $83,420
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.73 $39.62 $82,400


About May 2015 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.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016