Information About Air Traffic Controllers

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Training

Air traffic controllers need long-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Air traffic controllers
Training for Air Traffic Controllers
Percent
Less than High School 0.4
High School 16.2
Some College 36.6
Associates Degree 15.2
Bachelors Degree 27.7
Masters Degree 3.2
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.6

Employment

Represents about 26,000 people in the United States- 0.0% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 3,000 more air traffic controllers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 12,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, air traffic controllers make $55.03 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Air traffic controllers $29.60 $39.00 $54.50 $71.60 $81.30
Transportation and material moving occupations $8.52 $10.00 $13.80 $19.20 $26.30
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, air traffic controllers make $114,460 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Air traffic controllers $61,650 $81,240 $113,540 $148,970 $169,160
Transportation and material moving occupations $17,730 $20,860 $28,760 $39,990 $54,860
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

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

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