Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
7,250 4.6 % $25.09 $52,190 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.91 $16.98 $23.71 $30.18 $41.30
Annual Wage (2) $26,850 $35,310 $49,320 $62,770 $85,900


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)
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,900 0.46 $28.10 $58,440
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,660 0.03 $22.44 $46,680
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,310 0.79 $20.37 $42,370
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 440 0.02 $26.23 $54,560
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 340 0.89 $22.72 $47,260

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 340 0.89 $22.72 $47,260
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,310 0.79 $20.37 $42,370
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,900 0.46 $28.10 $58,440
Facilities Support Services 50 0.04 $29.38 $61,110
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 190 0.04 $36.22 $75,350

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 190 0.04 $36.22 $75,350
Facilities Support Services 50 0.04 $29.38 $61,110
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $28.10 $58,460
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,900 0.46 $28.10 $58,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 440 0.02 $26.23 $54,560


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 1,040 0.09 1.74 $25.51 $53,060
Georgia 610 0.16 2.89 (8) (8)
Michigan 520 0.13 2.40 $21.86 $45,470
Florida 480 0.06 1.17 $24.37 $50,700
California 470 0.03 0.58 $27.18 $56,530




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 0.28 5.21 $30.81 $64,070
Hawaii 100 0.17 3.11 $23.98 $49,880
Georgia 610 0.16 2.89 (8) (8)
North Dakota 50 0.13 2.35 $18.39 $38,260
Michigan 520 0.13 2.40 $21.86 $45,470




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kentucky 90 0.05 0.90 $34.01 $70,740
New Jersey 120 0.03 0.57 $31.57 $65,670
Alaska 90 0.28 5.21 $30.81 $64,070
Illinois 60 0.01 0.20 $29.43 $61,220
Pennsylvania 380 0.07 1.23 $28.84 $59,990





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)
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 400 0.57 10.48 $22.57 $46,950
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 300 0.11 2.01 $22.33 $46,440
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 280 0.05 0.96 $27.93 $58,090
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 160 0.09 1.64 $22.64 $47,090
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.15 2.66 $31.33 $65,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.03 0.50 $24.68 $51,340
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 110 0.14 2.64 $20.19 $42,000
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 100 0.09 1.71 $28.84 $59,990
Honolulu, HI 80 0.17 3.13 $24.24 $50,420
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 70 0.04 0.71 $24.36 $50,680




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)
Grand Forks, ND-MN 40 0.81 14.84 $20.26 $42,140
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 400 0.57 10.48 $22.57 $46,950
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 40 0.35 6.31 $23.19 $48,240
Anchorage, AK 60 0.33 6.04 $32.09 $66,760
Boise City-Nampa, ID 50 0.18 3.21 $14.79 $30,760
Honolulu, HI 80 0.17 3.13 $24.24 $50,420
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.15 2.66 $31.33 $65,170
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 110 0.14 2.64 $20.19 $42,000
Wichita, KS 30 0.11 2.01 $26.08 $54,240
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 300 0.11 2.01 $22.33 $46,440




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.72 $35.38 $73,590
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.04 0.81 $32.14 $66,840
Anchorage, AK 60 0.33 6.04 $32.09 $66,760
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.15 2.66 $31.33 $65,170
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 100 0.09 1.71 $28.84 $59,990
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 30 0.03 0.57 $28.66 $59,600
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 280 0.05 0.96 $27.93 $58,090
Wichita, KS 30 0.11 2.01 $26.08 $54,240
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.03 $54,130
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $25.62 $53,280


About May 2013 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 mean 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014