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
Michigan $99,360
Puerto Rico $98,770
North Dakota $98,450
Alabama $98,220
South Carolina $97,950
Oregon $96,120
Connecticut $95,470
Nebraska $94,950
Massachusetts $92,120
Arkansas $90,060
Mississippi $88,650
Louisiana $86,760
Guam $84,900
Vermont $81,520
Iowa $81,120
South Dakota $79,120
Montana $78,600
Wyoming $76,190
West Virginia $74,940
Virginia $164,940
New Hampshire $163,030
Illinois $160,010
Georgia $158,890
California $154,630
Texas $153,050
Minnesota $152,480
Colorado $148,650
Washington $141,980
Ohio $141,090
Kansas $141,020
Indiana $138,720
Hawaii $137,260
Tennessee $135,410
New York $135,230
Utah $134,280
District of Columbia $130,510
New Mexico $127,280
Florida $121,700
New Jersey $117,950
Arizona $112,130
Alaska $111,400
Kentucky $109,750
Oklahoma $109,470
Pennsylvania $107,540
Maryland $106,370
Nevada $103,020
Idaho $102,810
Rhode Island $101,450
North Carolina $100,710
Missouri $100,570
Wisconsin $100,050

How do air traffic controller salaries compare to similar careers?

Air traffic controllers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than pilots but more than ship engineers.

Career Median Salary
Pilot salary $202K
Air traffic controller salary $130K
Commercial pilot salary $100K
Ship captain salary $82K
Shipmate salary $82K
Ship engineer salary $82K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)