Air Traffic Controller at U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Salary

Air Traffic Controllers at U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $127K per year on average. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$55,053 - $164,268
(Median)
$55K
$130K
$160K
MEDIAN: $127,181
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$57.33 - $84.50
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $66.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$55,053 - $164,268  
   
Bonus
$3,250  
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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$57,322 - $182,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$66.64  
   
Overtime
$32.68 - $124.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$3,250  
   
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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$57,322 - $182,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $105K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $134K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Air Traffic Controllers at U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) see a median salary of $131K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $150K on average.

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Experience Affects Air Traffic Controller Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$133,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 98%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 2%
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