Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
23,060 0.9 % $57.05 $118,650 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $32.09 $41.17 $58.31 $72.51 $82.09
Annual Wage (2) $66,750 $85,630 $121,280 $150,820 $170,760


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) 21,090 1.05 $58.89 $122,490
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,310 0.79 $37.85 $78,720
Scheduled Air Transportation 350 0.08 $36.82 $76,580
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 90 0.01 $35.84 $74,550
Local Government (OES Designation) 70 0.00 $28.93 $60,170

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) 21,090 1.05 $58.89 $122,490
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,310 0.79 $37.85 $78,720
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 50 0.12 $29.46 $61,280
Scheduled Air Transportation 350 0.08 $36.82 $76,580
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 90 0.01 $35.84 $74,550

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) 21,090 1.05 $58.89 $122,490
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,310 0.79 $37.85 $78,720
Scheduled Air Transportation 350 0.08 $36.82 $76,580
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 90 0.01 $35.84 $74,550
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 50 0.12 $29.46 $61,280


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 2,290 0.16 0.89 $60.85 $126,580
Texas 2,090 0.19 1.10 $59.24 $123,220
Florida 1,760 0.24 1.36 $57.97 $120,570
New York 1,160 0.13 0.77 $62.02 $129,010
Virginia 1,150 0.32 1.82 $64.54 $134,240




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 510 1.58 9.10 $50.32 $104,660
New Hampshire 500 0.81 4.64 $67.62 $140,650
New Mexico 380 0.48 2.76 $56.73 $118,010
Hawaii 250 0.41 2.35 $52.95 $110,130
Virginia 1,150 0.32 1.82 $64.54 $134,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 500 0.81 4.64 $67.62 $140,650
Illinois 940 0.16 0.95 $65.80 $136,870
Virginia 1,150 0.32 1.82 $64.54 $134,240
Georgia 1,010 0.26 1.49 $63.26 $131,570
Minnesota 630 0.23 1.34 $62.83 $130,690





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 1,230 0.52 3.00 $68.56 $142,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 850 0.37 2.13 $67.69 $140,800
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 850 0.31 1.77 $60.15 $125,110
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 800 0.22 1.24 $70.47 $146,570
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 650 0.71 4.11 $58.77 $122,240
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 580 0.33 1.87 $64.66 $134,490
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 580 0.40 2.29 $57.51 $119,620
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 560 0.55 3.17 $67.97 $141,380
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 550 0.54 3.10 $65.27 $135,770
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 470 3.54 20.37 $69.71 $145,000




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)
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 470 3.54 20.37 $69.71 $145,000
Anchorage, AK 300 1.70 9.77 $54.50 $113,350
Jacksonville, FL 470 0.79 4.56 $60.98 $126,830
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 650 0.71 4.11 $58.77 $122,240
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 560 0.55 3.17 $67.97 $141,380
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 550 0.54 3.10 $65.27 $135,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,230 0.52 3.00 $68.56 $142,610
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 70 0.49 2.80 $46.48 $96,670
Kansas City, MO-KS 460 0.47 2.68 $59.13 $123,000
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 580 0.40 2.29 $57.51 $119,620




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 800 0.22 1.24 $70.47 $146,570
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 470 3.54 20.37 $69.71 $145,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,230 0.52 3.00 $68.56 $142,610
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 560 0.55 3.17 $67.97 $141,380
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 150 0.08 0.46 $67.73 $140,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 850 0.37 2.13 $67.69 $140,800
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 200 0.16 0.89 $66.05 $137,390
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 550 0.54 3.10 $65.27 $135,770
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 580 0.33 1.87 $64.66 $134,490
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 70 0.04 0.22 $62.50 $130,000

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.28 7.37 $44.22 $91,970
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 0.98 5.63 $46.30 $96,310
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.27 7.32 $43.27 $90,000
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.65 $39.73 $82,640

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.28 7.37 $44.22 $91,970
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.27 7.32 $43.27 $90,000
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 0.98 5.63 $46.30 $96,310
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.65 $39.73 $82,640

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 80 0.98 5.63 $46.30 $96,310
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.28 7.37 $44.22 $91,970
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.27 7.32 $43.27 $90,000
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.65 $39.73 $82,640


About May 2013 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.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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