Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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.

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)
21,680 0.8 % $48.28 $100,430 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.83 $38.00 $49.22 $60.68 $66.90
Annual Wage (2) $59,970 $79,040 $102,390 $126,220 $139,160

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 19,880 $50.05 $104,100
Support activities for air transportation 720 $23.69 $49,270
Local government (OES designation) 160 $24.46 $50,870
Nonscheduled air transportation 50 $19.84 $41,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 19,880 $50.05 $104,100
Local government (OES designation) 160 $24.46 $50,870
Support activities for air transportation 720 $23.69 $49,270
Nonscheduled air transportation 50 $19.84 $41,260

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 450 $36.36 $75,630 0.152%
New Hampshire 420 $56.90 $118,360 0.068%
New Mexico 430 $46.23 $96,170 0.057%
Hawaii 250 $37.74 $78,500 0.044%
Kansas 510 $52.07 $108,310 0.039%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
New Hampshire 420 $56.90 $118,360 0.068%
Virginia 1,030 $55.97 $116,410 0.029%
New York 1,070 $55.50 $115,430 0.013%
Illinois 1,100 $53.46 $111,200 0.019%
Minnesota 610 $52.35 $108,890 0.023%

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 $50.17 $104,360 0.132%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 710 $61.12 $127,120 0.058%
Kansas City, MO-KS MSA 490 $52.68 $109,560 0.052%
Colorado Springs, CO MSA 110 $35.93 $74,740 0.046%
Honolulu, HI MSA 190 $40.79 $84,840 0.045%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 710 $61.12 $127,120 0.058%
Chicago, IL PMSA 910 $57.14 $118,840 0.023%
Houston, TX PMSA 650 $56.72 $117,980 0.031%
Atlanta, GA MSA 660 $56.56 $117,640 0.030%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 1,060 $56.36 $117,230 0.038%

About November 2004 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.

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November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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