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

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The average salary for an Air Traffic Controller at U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is $125,075.
MEDIAN $125,075
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$63k - $178k

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Job Description for Air Traffic Controller

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Air Traffic Controller

The top respondents for the job title Air Traffic Controller are from the companies U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. Reported salaries are highest at U.S. Navy where the average pay is $65,150. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include U.S. Marine Corps, earning around $55,500. U.S. Air Force (USAF) pays the lowest at around $35,000. U.S. Army also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $55,000.

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Popular Skills for Air Traffic Controller

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

Pay by Experience Level for Air Traffic Controller

An early career Air Traffic Controller with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $110,000 based on 19 salaries. A mid-career Air Traffic Controller with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $119,060 based on 21 salaries. An experienced Air Traffic Controller with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $129,423 based on 19 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $135,127.

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