Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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
Geographic 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)
23,580 0.6 % $55.03 $114,460 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $29.64 $39.06 $54.59 $71.62 $81.33
Annual Wage (2) $61,650 $81,240 $113,540 $148,970 $169,160


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 22,080 1.07 $56.40 $117,300
Support Activities for Air Transportation 990 0.61 $33.68 $70,060
Scheduled Air Transportation 130 0.03 $39.30 $81,740
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $25.37 $52,770
Junior Colleges 40 0.01 $54.45 $113,250

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 22,080 1.07 $56.40 $117,300
Support Activities for Air Transportation 990 0.61 $33.68 $70,060
Scheduled Air Transportation 130 0.03 $39.30 $81,740
Junior Colleges 40 0.01 $54.45 $113,250
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $25.37 $52,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 22,080 1.07 $56.40 $117,300
Junior Colleges 40 0.01 $54.45 $113,250
Scheduled Air Transportation 130 0.03 $39.30 $81,740
Support Activities for Air Transportation 990 0.61 $33.68 $70,060
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $25.37 $52,770


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,440 0.17 0.95 $56.87 $118,280
Texas 2,000 0.19 1.06 $58.67 $122,030
New York 1,200 0.14 0.78 $60.59 $126,030
Virginia 1,190 0.34 1.83 $62.18 $129,330
Georgia 1,060 0.28 1.52 $59.62 $124,010




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 580 1.86 10.14 $46.28 $96,270
New Hampshire 510 0.84 4.59 $65.22 $135,650
New Mexico 440 0.57 3.09 $52.73 $109,680
Hawaii 240 0.42 2.29 $47.68 $99,180
District of Columbia 250 0.39 2.14 $66.61 $138,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 250 0.39 2.14 $66.61 $138,560
New Hampshire 510 0.84 4.59 $65.22 $135,650
Illinois 1,020 0.18 0.99 $63.49 $132,060
Minnesota 650 0.25 1.37 $62.59 $130,180
Virginia 1,190 0.34 1.83 $62.18 $129,330





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.57 3.10 $64.95 $135,090
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 910 0.41 2.22 $63.36 $131,780
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 850 0.24 1.29 $68.48 $142,440
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 600 0.35 1.91 $64.54 $134,250
Kansas City, MO-KS 490 0.52 2.81 $57.75 $120,120
Anchorage, AK 360 2.16 11.74 $50.11 $104,230
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 310 0.38 2.06 $61.24 $127,380
Oklahoma City, OK 290 0.51 2.80 $43.64 $90,760
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 220 0.27 1.49 $52.58 $109,370
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 150 0.08 0.45 $65.00 $135,190




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Anchorage, AK 360 2.16 11.74 $50.11 $104,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.57 3.10 $64.95 $135,090
Kansas City, MO-KS 490 0.52 2.81 $57.75 $120,120
Oklahoma City, OK 290 0.51 2.80 $43.64 $90,760
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 60 0.48 2.62 $53.50 $111,280
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 910 0.41 2.22 $63.36 $131,780
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 310 0.38 2.06 $61.24 $127,380
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 600 0.35 1.91 $64.54 $134,250
Spokane, WA 60 0.30 1.66 $46.23 $96,160
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 220 0.27 1.49 $52.58 $109,370




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 850 0.24 1.29 $68.48 $142,440
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 150 0.08 0.45 $65.00 $135,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.57 3.10 $64.95 $135,090
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 600 0.35 1.91 $64.54 $134,250
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 910 0.41 2.22 $63.36 $131,780
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 310 0.38 2.06 $61.24 $127,380
Memphis, TN-MS-AR (8) (8) (8) $60.44 $125,710
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 70 0.04 0.22 $60.11 $125,030
Pittsburgh, PA 110 0.10 0.52 $58.74 $122,180
Kansas City, MO-KS 490 0.52 2.81 $57.75 $120,120

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 90 1.02 5.52 $45.89 $95,460
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.16 6.33 $38.77 $80,640
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.49 8.10 $39.10 $81,330
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 1.72 $35.73 $74,310
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 1.94 $36.80 $76,550

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.49 8.10 $39.10 $81,330
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.16 6.33 $38.77 $80,640
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 90 1.02 5.52 $45.89 $95,460
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 1.94 $36.80 $76,550
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 1.72 $35.73 $74,310

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 90 1.02 5.52 $45.89 $95,460
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.49 8.10 $39.10 $81,330
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.16 6.33 $38.77 $80,640
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 1.94 $36.80 $76,550
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 1.72 $35.73 $74,310


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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