Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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)
4,540 6.7 % $20.61 $42,860 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.07 $13.31 $18.09 $26.43 $35.39
Annual Wage (2) $20,940 $27,690 $37,630 $54,960 $73,620

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) 1,230 $22.12 $46,010
Support activities for air transportation 1,050 $15.02 $31,240
Scheduled air transportation 650 $22.64 $47,090
Nonscheduled air transportation 480 $23.87 $49,660
Federal government (OES designation) 280 $17.05 $35,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 240 $29.53 $61,430
Nonscheduled air transportation 480 $23.87 $49,660
State government (OES designation) 50 $23.69 $49,270
Scheduled air transportation 650 $22.64 $47,090
Local government (OES designation) 1,230 $22.12 $46,010

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 120 $20.67 $42,990 0.041%
Indiana 220 $26.84 $55,830 0.008%
West Virginia 50 $12.28 $25,550 0.007%
Texas 620 $21.02 $43,720 0.007%
Florida 490 $17.24 $35,850 0.007%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Washington 100 $32.22 $67,030 0.004%
Georgia 180 $29.08 $60,480 0.005%
Indiana 220 $26.84 $55,830 0.008%
California 490 $25.86 $53,790 0.003%
New Jersey 50 $23.67 $49,230 0.001%

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 $19.29 $40,130 0.050%
Orlando, FL MSA 130 $14.29 $29,720 0.014%
Jacksonville, FL MSA 40 $15.94 $33,160 0.007%
Atlanta, GA MSA 130 $29.43 $61,210 0.006%
Philadelphia, PA-NJ PMSA 110 $17.06 $35,480 0.005%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Atlanta, GA MSA 130 $29.43 $61,210 0.006%
Reading, PA MSA (7) $29.39 $61,130 (7)
Detroit, MI PMSA 60 $23.90 $49,710 0.003%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 80 $23.43 $48,740 0.002%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 40 $22.13 $46,030 0.001%

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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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