Air Traffic Controller Salary (United States)

The average pay for an Air Traffic Controller is $75,658 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Air Traffic Controller Total Pay (?
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$35,454 - $144,239
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $75,658
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Air Traffic Controller Total Pay (?
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$15.53 - $66.45
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MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,454 - $144,239  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,226  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $6,104  
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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$36,197 - $148,429  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 615
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.53 - $66.45  
   
Overtime
$30.52 - $120.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,226  
   
Profit Sharing
$972 - $6,104  
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).
)
$36,197 - $148,429  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 615
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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
Chicago
up arrow 49%
Houston
up arrow 36%
New York
up arrow 28%
Atlanta
up arrow 24%
National Average
$80,000
Dallas
up arrow 1%
San Diego
up arrow 6%
Los Angeles
up arrow 6%
Jacksonville
up arrow 31%
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Experience Affects Air Traffic Controller Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%
Experienced
up arrow 24%
National Average
$80,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 10%
Entry-Level
up arrow 20%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
23%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 8%
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