Salary for Air Traffic Controllers

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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.

A Air Traffic Controller will normally get salaries ranging from $72,760 and $184,780 depending on experience and talent. can get an average wage of one hundred and twenty-seven thousand four hundred and fourty dollars per year.

can expect the most salary in New Hampshire, where they can earn an average pay rate of just about $147,710. These people are compensated the highest in Public Administration, where they earn an average pay rate of $130,180.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 30.52 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Air Traffic Controllers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
$130,180
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$101,980
Transportation and Warehousing
$96,380
Manufacturing
$89,870

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Manufacturing
$89,870
Transportation and Warehousing
$96,380
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$101,980
Public Administration
$130,180