Air Traffic Controller Salary (United States)

The average salary for an Air Traffic Controller is $78,160 per year.
Air Traffic Controller Salary (?
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$35,919 - $144,311
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $78,160
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Air Traffic Controller Salary (?
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$20.77 - $67.67
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MEDIAN: $46.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,919 - $144,311  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,226  
Profit Sharing
$625 - $10,500  
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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$37,042 - $149,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 472
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.77 - $67.67  
   
Overtime
$31.01 - $121.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,226  
   
Profit Sharing
$625 - $10,500  
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).
)
$37,042 - $149,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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Job Description for Air Traffic Controller

Air Traffic Controllers are responsible for coordinating the in air movements of air traffic around an airport, to ensure that planes do not enter each others airspace, and to organize landings and takeoffs in as efficient a manner as possible to prevent accidents and delays.
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Air Traffic Controller Tasks
  • Use proper inter and intra facility coordination techniques.
  • Schedule and watch airspace.
  • Monitors flight dispatch, base operations, ASR radar, PAR radar and approach control.
  • Train and supervise other employees.

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Pay by Experience Level for Air Traffic Controller

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Chicago
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Miami
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Los Angeles
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New York
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Atlanta
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National Average
$83,000
Dallas
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Experience Affects Air Traffic Controller Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 19%
National Average
$83,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 7%