Salary for Air Traffic Controllers

Also known as:  Air Traffic Control Operator, Air Traffic Control Specialist, Air Traffic Controller, Air Traffic Coordinator, Airport Tower Controller, Control Tower Operator, Enroute Controller

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Air traffic controllers control air traffic within the vicinity of an airport. This job is not usually dangerous, but it does require that workers stand for long periods of time. These positions usually require vocational training, an associate's degree or related work in order for an applicant to be considered. Once hired, an air traffic controller will need up to two years of formal training before beginning work.

An Air Traffic Controller receives an average salary of between 56000 - 84000 based on tenure and industry expertise. Air Traffic Controllers usually receive a salary of Seventy Seven Thousand dollars each year.

Air Traffic Controllers obtain the highest pay in the District of Columbia, where they receive average pay scales of just about $133450. These people can make the highest salaries in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they can receive average wages of $112700.

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ANNUAL SALARY
HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone down since 2004. Salaries have decreased by an average of 22.85 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Air Traffic Controllers tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $112,700
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $93,420
Educational Services $90,970
Transportation and Warehousing $75,360
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Transportation and Warehousing $75,360
Educational Services $90,970
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $93,420
Public Administration $112,700
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