ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Air Space Order: Air Traffic Controller Salary and Employment

Updated on January 1, 2012
Some air traffic controllers receive their training in the military.
Some air traffic controllers receive their training in the military. | Source

Air traffic controller salary and employment depends on communication technology, which enables commercial flights to safely traverse air space around the world. Air traffic controllers specify how and when aircraft can take off and land at airports. They often guide several planes and radio several pilots at the same time. The total concentration required for the position can be highly stressful. Though they work a 40-hour week, their shifts can run evenings, weekends and holidays, because many towers and control centers operate 24 hours a day. They can work overtime to receive premium pay or additional time off.

© 2011 by Aurelio Locsin.

Basics

According to the U.S. Labor Department, the mean air traffic controller salary is $53.02 per hour or $110,280 per year.

  • The lowest paid 10 percent make $26.19 per hour or $54,480 per year. The highest earning 10 percent get $79.64 per hour or $165,660 per year.
  • Almost 93 percent of the nation’s 23,970 air traffic controllers work for the Federal Aviation Administration under the U.S. government. They receive the highest mean salaries of $54.29 per hour or $112,920 per year.
  • The next highest job levels are in support activities for air transportation, where 990 earn a mean $33.03 per hour or $68,710 per year, and scheduled air transportation, where 120 make a mean $36.57 per hour or $76,080 per year.
  • The next highest paying employers are nonscheduled air transportation at a mean $53.72 per hour or $111,740 per year, and management, scientific and technical consulting services at a mean $44.42 per hour or $92,400 per year.

States

With states, employment for air traffic controllers follows population.

  1. California, the most populated state, shows 2,390 jobs at a mean $55.47 per hour or $115,390 per year.
  2. Texas, second-ranked for population, has 2,230 positions earning a mean $56.32 per hour or $117,140 per year.
  3. Florida, which is third for people, contains 1,840 controllers averaging $51.70 per hour or $107,530 per year.

The highest air traffic controller salary is found in the following states.

  1. The Labor Department classifies the District of Columbia with states, and shows pay here at a mean $64.29 per hour or $133,740 per year.
  2. New Hampshire has mean wages at $61.66 per hour or $128,250 per year.
  3. Both Virginia and Illinois shows averages of $61.28 per hour or $127,470 per year.

Cities

The cities with the most jobs for air traffic controllers are as follows.

  1. Washington DC shows 1,300 positions with mean wages at $63.49 per hour or $132,010 per year.
  2. Atlanta, Georgia, has 890 jobs at a mean $60.45 per hour or $125,740 per year.
  3. Chicago, Illinois, also has 890 jobs but at the higher averages of $65.17 per hour or $135,550 per year.

The following cities show the best air traffic controller salary.

  1. Chicago, Illinois, and Washington DC top the list.
  2. Cleveland, Ohio, shows mean pay of $62.54 per hour or $130,090 per year.
  3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has averages of $61.44 per hour or $127,790 per year.

Rural Areas

Air traffic controllers show far fewer jobs in the rural areas of the country.

  1. Southwest Alaska has 110 positions averaging a mean $32.54 per hour or $67,680 per year.
  2. Southeast Alaska has 50 jobs at a mean $35.52 per hour or $73,890 per year.
  3. The nonmetropolitan areas of Hawaii, Maui and Kauai, shows 50 positions with means at $31.42 per hour or $65,350 per year.

Eastern New Mexico shows the highest air traffic controller salary for rural areas at $36.60 per hour or $76,130 per year. Ranking next for salary are Southeast Alaska, Southwest Alaska, and then the rural areas of Hawaii, Maui and Kauai.

Air traffic controller salary is generally negotiated by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)