The average salary for an air traffic controller in the United States is around $124,540 per year.
This is 81% above the national average. Updated in 2018.
Air traffic controllers earn an average yearly salary of $124,540. Wages typically start from $68,090 and go up to $178,650.
Air traffic controller earnings by seniority
Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.
Air traffic controller salary by state
|State Name||Average Salary|
|District of Columbia||$24,080|
How much does an Air Traffic Controller earn?
Air traffic controllers manage the flow of aircraft into and out of the airport airspace, guide pilots during takeoff and landing, and monitor aircraft, as they travel through the skies. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employs most air traffic controllers and usually requires them to complete training at the FAA academy.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the starting salary for new controllers undergoing training was $17,803 in 2012. Controllers' salaries increase as they complete each new training phase. According to the FAA, controllers who have completed on-the-job training and had been placed at a facility had a starting annual salary of $37,070 in 2012. A full explanation of current starting wages can be found on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) jobs & careers page.
The top paying cities for air traffic controllers are San Francisco, followed by New York and Houston. Salaries for air traffic controllers increase significantly as they gain experience.
How do air traffic controller salaries compare to similar careers?
Air traffic controllers earn 30% more than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make more than ship captains.
|Air traffic controller salary||$125K|
|Commercial pilot salary||$82K|
|Transportation planner salary||$81K|
|Air crew officer salary||$66K|
|Ship captain salary||$69K|
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)