Air Traffic Controller Salary

The average pay for an Air Traffic Controller is $82,292 per year. A skill in Safety Compliance is associated with high pay for this job.

$36,991 - $150,522
$37K
$82K
$150K
MEDIAN: $82,454
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$20.22 - $74.25
$20
$42
$74
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$36,991 - $150,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,565  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,809  
Total Pay (?
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$38,537 - $154,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 380
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.22 - $74.25  
   
Overtime
$23.84 - $126.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,565  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,809  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$38,537 - $154,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 63

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Job Description for Air Traffic Controller

An air traffic controller directs traffic in the air and on the ground. The air traffic controller alerts pilots as to obstructions that might be in their path, such as other aircraft and bad weather. The air traffic controller may sometimes have to reroute airborne aircraft when adverse weather conditions are present. The air traffic controller also assists aircraft with landing and take-off instructions.

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Air Traffic Controller Tasks

  • Monitors flight dispatch, base operations, ASR radar, PAR radar and approach control.
  • Train and supervise other employees.
  • Use proper inter and intra facility coordination techniques.
  • Schedule and watch airspace.

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Pay by Experience Level for Air Traffic Controller

Pay by Experience for an Air Traffic Controller has a positive trend. An entry-level Air Traffic Controller with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 203 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Air Traffic Controller with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 125 salaries. An experienced Air Traffic Controller which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 95 salaries. An Air Traffic Controller with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 94 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,090

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Key Stats for Air Traffic Controller

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Air Traffic Controller Salaries

Late-Career
▲46%

Experienced
▲12%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$84,000

▼24%

Skills That Affect Air Traffic Controller Salaries

Safety Compliance
▲32%

National Average
$84,000

Air Traffic Control
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 7%
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