Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
22,860 1.1 % $57.11 $118,780 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $32.24 $41.75 $58.82 $72.45 $82.69
Annual Wage (2) $67,070 $86,830 $122,340 $150,690 $172,000


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 20,530 1.04 $59.09 $122,910
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,640 0.94 $40.77 $84,810
Scheduled Air Transportation 430 0.10 $36.93 $76,820
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $28.44 $59,150
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 0.00 $31.14 $64,770

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) 20,530 1.04 $59.09 $122,910
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,640 0.94 $40.77 $84,810
Scheduled Air Transportation 430 0.10 $36.93 $76,820
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $28.44 $59,150
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 0.00 $31.14 $64,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $59.35 $123,450
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 20,530 1.04 $59.09 $122,910
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,640 0.94 $40.77 $84,810
Scheduled Air Transportation 430 0.10 $36.93 $76,820
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $31.14 $64,770


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 2,350 0.16 0.92 $60.61 $126,060
Florida 1,750 0.23 1.35 $57.31 $119,200
New York 1,090 0.12 0.73 $63.60 $132,290
Georgia 960 0.24 1.43 $64.77 $134,720
Indiana 810 0.28 1.66 $53.96 $112,240




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 480 1.48 8.75 $50.93 $105,940
New Hampshire 500 0.79 4.69 $65.90 $137,070
New Mexico 350 0.45 2.63 $56.61 $117,750
Hawaii 250 0.41 2.39 $52.62 $109,440
Kansas 450 0.33 1.95 $57.53 $119,660




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 0.79 4.69 $65.90 $137,070
Virginia (8) (8) (8) $65.82 $136,900
Georgia 960 0.24 1.43 $64.77 $134,720
New York 1,090 0.12 0.73 $63.60 $132,290
Ohio 770 0.15 0.88 $63.17 $131,400





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 1,180 0.50 2.94 $69.90 $145,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 820 0.35 2.04 $69.06 $143,640
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 670 0.71 4.22 $56.95 $118,450
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 590 0.39 2.32 $56.65 $117,830
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 580 0.57 3.36 $68.40 $142,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 560 0.31 1.83 $64.45 $134,050
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 560 0.53 3.16 $63.77 $132,640
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 460 3.50 20.71 $68.22 $141,890
Jacksonville, FL 440 0.73 4.31 $62.28 $129,540
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 190 0.04 0.21 $56.52 $117,560




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 460 3.50 20.71 $68.22 $141,890
Jacksonville, FL 440 0.73 4.31 $62.28 $129,540
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 670 0.71 4.22 $56.95 $118,450
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 580 0.57 3.36 $68.40 $142,260
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 560 0.53 3.16 $63.77 $132,640
Lake Charles, LA 50 0.53 3.14 $33.65 $70,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.50 2.94 $69.90 $145,400
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 70 0.45 2.67 $47.64 $99,090
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 590 0.39 2.32 $56.65 $117,830
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 820 0.35 2.04 $69.06 $143,640




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.50 2.94 $69.90 $145,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 820 0.35 2.04 $69.06 $143,640
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 580 0.57 3.36 $68.40 $142,260
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 460 3.50 20.71 $68.22 $141,890
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 190 0.14 0.84 $67.20 $139,770
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 90 0.10 0.57 $64.57 $134,300
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 560 0.31 1.83 $64.45 $134,050
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 560 0.53 3.16 $63.77 $132,640
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 70 0.04 0.24 $62.63 $130,270
Jacksonville, FL 440 0.73 4.31 $62.28 $129,540

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 1.15 6.77 $45.71 $95,080
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 0.97 5.75 $47.04 $97,840
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.94 $39.22 $81,570
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.17 6.90 $43.60 $90,690
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.66 $39.51 $82,180

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 40 1.17 6.90 $43.60 $90,690
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.15 6.77 $45.71 $95,080
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 0.97 5.75 $47.04 $97,840
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.94 $39.22 $81,570
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.66 $39.51 $82,180

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 0.97 5.75 $47.04 $97,840
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.15 6.77 $45.71 $95,080
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.17 6.90 $43.60 $90,690
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.66 $39.51 $82,180
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.94 $39.22 $81,570


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015