Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists

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Total Workforce

34.6k

Average Age

41.1

Estimated Job Growth

5.03%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$91,155

Average Male Salary

$91,927

Average Female Salary

$86,764

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 $91,155 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists by wage are Elevator installers & repairers, Marine engineers & naval architects, and Architects, except naval.

Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists are part of the Transportation Occupations, along with Supervisors of transportation & material moving workers, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists, Flight attendants, Ambulance drivers & attendants, except emergency medical technicians, Bus drivers, Driver/sales workers & truck drivers, Taxi drivers & chauffeurs, Motor vehicle operators, all other, Locomotive engineers & operators, Railroad conductors & yardmasters, Subway, streetcar, & other rail transportation workers, Ship & boat captains & operators, Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers, Parking lot attendants, Automotive & watercraft service attendants-, Transportation inspectors, Transportation attendants, except flight attendants, Miscellaneous transportation workers, including bridge & lock tenders & traffic technicians, Crane & tower operators, and Dredge, excavating, & loading machine operators

The top 3 locations that employ the most Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists are . The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists are .

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 false.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$91,155

AVERAGE SALARY

± $7,587

In 2017, Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists earned an average of $91,155, $39,090 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Architects, except naval make somewhat more than Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists while Elevator installers & repairers 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

0.343

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.343, 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

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, National security & international affairs, and Air transportation.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists, by average wage, are Administration of economic programs & space research, Services incidental to transportation, and Air transportation.

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Industries by Share

34.6k

2017 Workforce

± 4,568

-5.02%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 19.4%

The number of people employed as Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists has been declining at a rate of -5.02%, from 36,448 people in 2016 to 34,620 people in 2017.

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  48.6%, followed by National security & international affairs with 12.2% and Air transportation with 11.1%.

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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 41.3 and of female Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists is 39.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists is White.

Gender Composition

29.4k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 4,212

5.18k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 1,766

85% 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. Two or More Races

83.5% of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.29% 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

41.3

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.89

39.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 4.57

The median age of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists is 41.1, and Male employees are generally 1.43 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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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists are expected to see a growth of 5.03% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

5.03%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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