Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
7,920 4.8 % $26.64 $55,400 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.66 $17.25 $24.94 $32.95 $45.83
Annual Wage (2) $26,340 $35,880 $51,880 $68,540 $95,330


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)
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,320 0.04 $24.46 $50,880
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,910 1.03 $25.17 $52,360
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,590 0.38 $29.92 $62,240
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 420 0.02 $27.17 $56,510
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 370 0.94 $25.65 $53,340

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 1,910 1.03 $25.17 $52,360
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 370 0.94 $25.65 $53,340
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,590 0.38 $29.92 $62,240
Facilities Support Services 70 0.05 $27.96 $58,160
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,320 0.04 $24.46 $50,880

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 $37.66 $78,340
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 150 0.03 $35.85 $74,570
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 210 0.04 $35.52 $73,890
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,590 0.38 $29.92 $62,240
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 50 (7) $29.02 $60,360


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 1,000 0.09 1.50 $29.28 $60,900
California 630 0.04 0.71 $32.18 $66,930
Florida 430 0.05 0.95 $24.94 $51,880
Michigan 400 0.10 1.68 $23.60 $49,080
Pennsylvania 380 0.07 1.14 $26.89 $55,940



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 90 0.27 4.65 $33.92 $70,540
Hawaii 80 0.13 2.19 $25.63 $53,320
Washington 350 0.12 2.02 $27.12 $56,410
Utah 160 0.12 2.12 $19.53 $40,620
Michigan 400 0.10 1.68 $23.60 $49,080



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kentucky (8) (8) (8) $34.56 $71,880
Nevada 50 0.04 0.69 $34.25 $71,240
Alaska 90 0.27 4.65 $33.92 $70,540
California 630 0.04 0.71 $32.18 $66,930
South Carolina 80 0.04 0.72 $30.60 $63,650




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 470 0.16 2.79 $23.03 $47,900
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 260 0.36 6.25 $25.35 $52,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.05 0.94 (8) (8)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 220 0.03 0.58 $20.29 $42,210
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 160 0.14 2.36 $26.27 $54,640
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 150 0.08 1.39 $24.24 $50,430
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 150 0.06 1.10 $36.54 $76,000
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 110 0.10 1.74 $30.09 $62,590
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 100 0.10 1.73 $17.13 $35,620
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 80 0.05 0.81 $24.87 $51,740



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)
Anchorage, AK 70 0.41 7.16 $33.35 $69,370
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 260 0.36 6.25 $25.35 $52,730
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 470 0.16 2.79 $23.03 $47,900
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 40 0.16 2.80 $19.37 $40,290
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 160 0.14 2.36 $26.27 $54,640
Salt Lake City, UT 80 0.12 2.00 $26.18 $54,460
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 110 0.10 1.74 $30.09 $62,590
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 100 0.10 1.73 $17.13 $35,620
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 30 0.09 1.51 $33.00 $68,640
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 150 0.08 1.39 $24.24 $50,430



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 30 0.03 0.60 $39.37 $81,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.04 0.76 $37.70 $78,420
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.91 $37.24 $77,470
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 150 0.06 1.10 $36.54 $76,000
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 40 0.04 0.77 $34.14 $71,020
Anchorage, AK 70 0.41 7.16 $33.35 $69,370
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 30 0.09 1.51 $33.00 $68,640
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $31.22 $64,940
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.03 0.56 $30.97 $64,410
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 110 0.10 1.74 $30.09 $62,590

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 40 0.89 15.43 $9.90 $20,590

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 40 0.89 15.43 $9.90 $20,590

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 40 0.89 15.43 $9.90 $20,590


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.

(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 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