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

Air Traffic Controllers at U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $129K) surpassing six figures annually. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Air Traffic Controllers at U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,539 - $173,538
$55K
$130K
$170K
MEDIAN: $129,241
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50%
90%

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$51.00 - $83.01
$67
MEDIAN: $66.64
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$54,539 - $173,538  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$56,689 - $182,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$66.64  
   
Overtime
$32.68 - $129.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
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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$56,689 - $182,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7

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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 $100K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $138K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $134K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $156K.

Key Stats for Air Traffic Controller

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Air Traffic Controller Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

Mid-Career
▲4%

Experienced
▼0%

National Average
$133,000

Entry-Level
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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