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Air Traffic Controller Salary and Wage Information

  Percentile 10% (Low) 50% (Median) 90% (High)
  Hourly Wage $28.56 $56.37 $70.01+
  Annual Wage $59,400 $117,200 $145,600
  • "10% (Low)" indicates that 10% of workers earned less and 90% earned more.
  • "50% (Median)" indicates that 50% of workers earned less and 50% earned more.
  • "90% (High)" indicates that 90% of workers earned less and 10% earned more.
  • "N/A" indicates that data is not available
* The annual salary and wage data presented above represents U.S. based workers with full-time employment and year-round schedules.

 Career 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.