Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists

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Total Workforce

38k

Average Age

38.8

Average Salary

$82,909

Average Male Salary

$87,129

Average Female Salary

$67,671

About

Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists are most often employed by the Services incidental to transportation industry. The average yearly wage for Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists was $82,909 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists by wage are Market research analysts & marketing specialists, Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing, and Advertising & promotions managers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists are Harrison CountyGulfport & Biloxi Cities PUMA, MS, Norfolk City (Northeast) PUMA, VA, and Escambia County (South) PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists are Harrison CountyGulfport & Biloxi Cities PUMA, MS, Escambia County (South) PUMA, FL, and Norfolk City (Northeast) PUMA, VA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Services incidental to transportation is the industry that employs the most Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists, by average wage, is Administration of economic programs & space research. Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists are paid most in Hillsborough County (Western) PUMA, NH but are relatively concentrated in Harrison CountyGulfport & Biloxi Cities PUMA, MS.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$82,909

AVERAGE SALARY

± $7,056

In 2018, Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists earned an average of $82,909, $29,021 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Market research analysts & marketing specialists make somewhat more than Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists while Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.347

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.347, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists, by number of employees, are Services incidental to transportation, Air transportation, and National security & international affairs.

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Industries by Share

38k

2018 Workforce

± 4,787

9.82%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 16.6%

The number of people employed as Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists has been growing at a rate of 9.82%, from 34,620 people in 2017 to 38,021 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists employed by various industries. Services incidental to transportation employs the largest share of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists at  52.6%, followed by Air transportation with 16.4% and National security & international affairs with 7.11%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists in the US. The average age of male Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists in the workforce is 39.4 and of female Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists is 36.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists is White.

Gender Composition

29.8k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 4,236

8.25k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 2,229

78.3% of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

79% of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.7% of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists.

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Age by Gender

39.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.75

36.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 2.85

The median age of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists is 38.8, and Male employees are generally 3.06 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists is Transportation but a relatively high number of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists hold a major in Transportation.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists need many skills, but most especially Complex Problem Solving, Active Listening, and Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists need more than the average amount of Operations Analysis, Operation Monitoring, and Complex Problem Solving.

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