Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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
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)
6,990 4.7 % $24.17 $50,270 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.70 $17.13 $23.12 $29.04 $37.98
Annual Wage (2) $26,420 $35,630 $48,080 $60,410 $79,000


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)
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,800 0.43 $26.80 $55,750
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,520 0.03 $22.29 $46,360
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,480 0.92 $19.50 $40,570
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 460 0.02 $25.96 $53,990
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 270 0.65 $25.90 $53,870

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,480 0.92 $19.50 $40,570
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 270 0.65 $25.90 $53,870
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,800 0.43 $26.80 $55,750
Technical and Trade Schools 70 0.05 $21.48 $44,680
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 200 0.04 $34.54 $71,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 200 0.04 $34.54 $71,840
Management of Companies and Enterprises 130 0.01 $33.43 $69,530
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $32.09 $66,740
Facilities Support Services (8) (8) $31.43 $65,370
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $27.19 $56,560


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)
Texas 1,020 0.10 1.79 $24.38 $50,720
New York 500 0.06 1.08 $26.87 $55,880
Georgia 490 0.13 2.38 $23.63 $49,140
California 480 0.03 0.62 $26.76 $55,650
Michigan 440 0.11 2.10 $17.70 $36,810




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)
North Dakota 120 0.30 5.67 $19.19 $39,920
Alaska 80 0.25 4.64 $29.51 $61,380
Hawaii 120 0.20 3.72 $23.59 $49,070
Georgia 490 0.13 2.38 $23.63 $49,140
Michigan 440 0.11 2.10 $17.70 $36,810




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $32.74 $68,090
Illinois 60 0.01 0.20 $31.03 $64,550
Indiana 130 0.05 0.87 $30.19 $62,790
Alaska 80 0.25 4.64 $29.51 $61,380
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $28.64 $59,570





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 450 0.09 1.62 $27.44 $57,070
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 360 0.51 9.51 $18.02 $37,470
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 350 0.15 2.88 $26.30 $54,710
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 280 0.11 2.00 $20.95 $43,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 230 0.11 2.02 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 200 0.09 1.62 $21.60 $44,930
Pittsburgh, PA 200 0.18 3.29 $37.27 $77,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.04 0.71 $26.40 $54,910
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.15 2.76 $30.57 $63,590
Grand Forks, ND-MN 100 2.10 39.13 $20.41 $42,450




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)
Grand Forks, ND-MN 100 2.10 39.13 $20.41 $42,450
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 360 0.51 9.51 $18.02 $37,470
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 40 0.34 6.25 $21.82 $45,380
Anchorage, AK 50 0.29 5.39 $30.38 $63,180
Pittsburgh, PA 200 0.18 3.29 $37.27 $77,530
Honolulu, HI 70 0.16 3.00 $23.73 $49,350
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.15 2.76 $30.57 $63,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 350 0.15 2.88 $26.30 $54,710
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 280 0.11 2.00 $20.95 $43,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 230 0.11 2.02 (8) (8)




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)
Pittsburgh, PA 200 0.18 3.29 $37.27 $77,530
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $32.42 $67,440
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.15 2.76 $30.57 $63,590
Anchorage, AK 50 0.29 5.39 $30.38 $63,180
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.89 $29.70 $61,780
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $28.27 $58,810
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 450 0.09 1.62 $27.44 $57,070
St. Louis, MO-IL 60 0.05 0.84 $27.40 $57,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.04 0.71 $26.40 $54,910
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (8) (8) (8) $26.32 $54,750


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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