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Average Air Traffic Controller Salary

$90,277
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$5,000
Bonus
$2,500
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The average salary for an Air Traffic Controller is $90,277.
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$44k
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What Do Air Traffic Controllers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Air Traffic Controller

4.7 out of 5
(63)
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Popular Employer Salaries for Air Traffic Controller

The top respondents for the job title Air Traffic Controller are from the companies U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. Reported salaries are highest at U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where the average pay is $116,414. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include U.S. Navy, earning around $70,000. U.S. Air Force (USAF) pays the lowest at around $36,500. U.S. Army also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $60,000.

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What Are Popular Skills for Air Traffic Controllers?

Skills in Safety Compliance, Problem Solving and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Risk Management / Risk Control and Oral / Verbal Communication.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Air Traffic Controllers?

An entry-level Air Traffic Controller with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $76,265 based on 38 salaries. An early career Air Traffic Controller with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $77,270 based on 135 salaries. A mid-career Air Traffic Controller with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $80,933 based on 145 salaries. An experienced Air Traffic Controller with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $101,298 based on 115 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $120,233.
Employees with Air Traffic Controller in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 31.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (30.6% more) and Houston, Texas (15.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in New York, New York (11.4% less), Dallas, Texas (5.8% less) and Seattle, Washington (0.3% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 555 survey responses.
Entry Level
6.8%
Early Career
24.3%
Mid Career
26.1%
Experienced
20.7%
Late Career
22.0%