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Air Traffic Controller Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

  Pay Period Low Median High
  Hourly $28.56 $56.37 $70.01+
  Annual $59,400 $117,200 $145,600
  • “High” indicates 90% of workers earn less and 10% earn more.
  • “Median” indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
  • “Low” indicates 10% of workers earn less and 90% earn more.
  • “N/A” indicates the data is not available.

Notes: The yearly wage data presented above represents U.S. workers who are employed full-time with year-round schedules.

Occupation Description

Air Traffic Controllers control air traffic on and within vicinity of airports. They monitor movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies, and communicate to private or commercial airline pilots, according to government or company regulations, to ensure flight safety.