Training Requirements for Air Traffic Controllers

Air traffic controllers need an associate's degree and long-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Air traffic controllers
Percent
Less than High School 0.6
High School 10.2
Some College 34.2
Associates Degree 14.2
Bachelors Degree 34.4
Masters Degree 5.2
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.2

Employment Outlook for Air Traffic Controllers

This represents about 24,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 2,000 less air traffic controllers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 7,000 more.

Typical Income for Air Traffic Controllers

Hourly Income

On average,air traffic controllers make $56.83 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Air traffic controllers $31.92 $40.73 $58.85 $71.74 $83.02
Transportation and material moving occupations $9.21 $10.91 $14.78 $20.76 $28.50
Air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists $17.75 $29.55 $46.57 $67.09 $80.16
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, air traffic controllers make $118,200 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Air traffic controllers $66,390 $84,730 $122,410 $149,230 $172,680
Transportation and material moving occupations $19,150 $22,680 $30,730 $43,170 $59,270
Air transportation workers $32,880 $47,020 $71,510 $118,770 $177,670
Air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists $36,910 $61,460 $96,870 $139,540 $166,730
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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