Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
4,670 7.6 % $20.22 $42,050 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.64 $12.85 $17.65 $26.19 $35.00
Annual Wage (2) $20,050 $26,730 $36,710 $54,470 $72,800

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local government (OES designation) 1,260 $20.46 $42,550
Support activities for air transportation 920 $13.79 $28,680
Scheduled air transportation 850 $24.42 $50,790
Nonscheduled air transportation 400 $25.48 $52,990
Federal government (OES designation) 260 $16.66 $34,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 200 $29.20 $60,730
Nonscheduled air transportation 400 $25.48 $52,990
Scheduled air transportation 850 $24.42 $50,790
Local government (OES designation) 1,260 $20.46 $42,550
Colleges and universities 40 $17.01 $35,370

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
Alaska 140 $20.15 $41,910 0.048%
Montana 40 $16.80 $34,950 0.010%
Tennessee 250 $12.84 $26,720 0.010%
Arkansas 90 $16.13 $33,540 0.008%
Indiana 210 $26.44 $55,000 0.007%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Georgia 120 $33.41 $69,490 0.003%
Washington 120 $32.24 $67,050 0.005%
Indiana 210 $26.44 $55,000 0.007%
Oklahoma 40 $25.34 $52,710 0.003%
New York 170 $24.40 $50,760 0.002%

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
Anchorage, AK MSA 70 $18.89 $39,280 0.051%
Memphis, TN-AR-MS MSA 200 $12.17 $25,320 0.035%
Indianapolis, IN MSA 160 $28.96 $60,240 0.019%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 100 $33.11 $68,880 0.008%
Jacksonville, FL MSA 40 $16.32 $33,950 0.007%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Atlanta, GA MSA 90 $36.41 $75,730 0.004%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 100 $33.11 $68,880 0.008%
Oakland, CA PMSA (7) $29.42 $61,200 (7)
Indianapolis, IN MSA 160 $28.96 $60,240 0.019%
Denver, CO PMSA 50 $26.15 $54,390 0.004%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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) 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) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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