Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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.

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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)
23,410 1.2 % $42.35 $88,090 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.31 $31.48 $44.04 $54.11 $63.28
Annual Wage (2) $46,410 $65,480 $91,600 $112,550 $131,610

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 21,020 $44.52 $92,600 1 1
Support activities for air transportation 1,190 $20.10 $41,810 2 5
Local government (OES designation) 120 $22.13 $46,020 3 4
Nonscheduled air transportation 40 $23.86 $49,640 4 3
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 30 $33.24 $69,140 5 2

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 21,020 $44.52 $92,600 1 1
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 30 $33.24 $69,140 5 2
Nonscheduled air transportation 40 $23.86 $49,640 4 3
Local government (OES designation) 120 $22.13 $46,020 3 4
Support activities for air transportation 1,190 $20.10 $41,810 2 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 430 $35.17 $73,150 0.150% 27
New Hampshire 400 $51.48 $107,090 0.066% 12
New Mexico 440 $41.23 $85,750 0.060% 14
Hawaii 300 $32.30 $67,180 0.054% 43
Kansas 530 $45.98 $95,640 0.041% 12

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Hampshire 400 $51.48 $107,090 0.066% 12
Virginia 1,010 $49.86 $103,710 0.030% 13
Georgia 900 $48.16 $100,170 0.024% 11
Minnesota 590 $47.89 $99,600 0.023% 17
Ohio 890 $46.63 $97,000 0.017% 12

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX PMSA 1,010 $47.60 $99,000 0.133%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 770 $50.44 $104,920 0.065%
Indianapolis, IN MSA 550 $48.02 $99,890 0.065%
Honolulu, HI MSA 250 $33.12 $68,880 0.062%
Miami, FL PMSA 590 $44.25 $92,030 0.060%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Atlanta, GA MSA 740 $51.88 $107,910 0.035%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 1,030 $50.80 $105,660 0.039%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 770 $50.44 $104,920 0.065%
Philadelphia, PA-NJ PMSA 120 $49.36 $102,670 0.005%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 560 $48.68 $101,260 0.033%

About 2002 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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