How Much do Air Traffic Controllers Make?

Do air traffic controllers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for air traffic controllers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, air traffic controllers in the United States earn an average of $120,140 a year, equivalent to $57.76 an hour. Air traffic controllers make 125% more than the average American worker.

Air traffic controllers in New Hampshire are the best paid, making $141,180 a year, while air traffic controllers in Montana make the least at $78,070.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Air Traffic Controller Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $84.77 $176,320
75th $72.76 $151,350
50th $59.13 $122,990
25th $41.24 $85,770
10th $32.85 $68,330
Air Traffic Controller Wages by State

In what states do air traffic controllers make the most? In what states do air traffic controllers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $44.95 $93,500
Alaska $53.71 $111,710
Arizona $52.85 $109,920
Arkansas $41.46 $86,250
California $63.71 $132,510
Colorado $60.69 $126,240
Connecticut $40.53 $84,300
Georgia $64.69 $134,550
Hawaii $54.38 $113,100
Idaho $45.82 $95,300
Illinois $65.72 $136,700
Indiana $58.75 $122,190
Iowa $40.07 $83,350
Kansas $58.71 $122,120
Louisiana $41.14 $85,580
Massachusetts $51.12 $106,340
Minnesota $63.50 $132,080
Mississippi $40.74 $84,740
Missouri $49.12 $102,170
Montana $37.54 $78,070
Nebraska $44.27 $92,080
Nevada $58.47 $121,630
New Hampshire $67.88 $141,180
New Jersey $55.74 $115,940
New Mexico $52.55 $109,290
New York $63.08 $131,200
North Carolina $52.37 $108,930
North Dakota $42.35 $88,080
Ohio $60.60 $126,050
Oklahoma $48.42 $100,710
Oregon $46.86 $97,460
Pennsylvania $54.61 $113,590
South Carolina $44.04 $91,600
South Dakota $40.93 $85,130
Tennessee $54.57 $113,510
Texas $63.80 $132,700
Utah $55.65 $115,740
Vermont $38.13 $79,300
West Virginia $38.07 $79,180
Wisconsin $47.42 $98,630
Metro Areas Where Air Traffic Controllers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Sacramento, CA $72.92 $151,660
Chicago, IL $70.65 $146,950
Dallas, TX $68.74 $142,990
Atlanta, GA $68.27 $142,010
San Francisco, CA $67.31 $140,010
Philadelphia, PA $67.09 $139,540
Indianapolis, IN $66.35 $138,010
Cleveland, OH $66.04 $137,370
Boston, MA $65.91 $137,080
Minneapolis, MN $65.75 $136,750
Air Traffic Controller Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $57.76 $120,140
2018 $58.09 $120,830
2017 $57.82 $120,260
2016 $56.83 $118,200
2015 $57.09 $118,740
2014 $57.11 $118,780
2013 $57.05 $118,650
2012 $56.94 $118,430
2011 $55.03 $114,460