Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists

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2019 Workforce
41.4k
Average Age
40.3
Average Salary
$93,780
Average Male Salary
$96,965
Average Female Salary
$77,633

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 $93,780 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists by wage are Mechanical engineers, Other Physical Scientists, and Biomedical & agricultural engineers.

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 Services incidental to transportation. 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

$93,780
AVERAGE SALARY
± $6,618

In 2019, Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists earned an average of $93,780, $38,256 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Biomedical & agricultural engineers make somewhat more than Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists while Mechanical engineers 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

0.333
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.333, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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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Highest Paying

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

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Industries by Share

41.4k
2019 Workforce
± 4,992
8.76%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 16%

The number of people employed as Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists has been growing at a rate of 8.76%, from 38,021 people in 2018 to 41,353 people in 2019.

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  46.2%, followed by Air transportation with 17.2% and National security & international affairs with 12.7%.

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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 40.8 and of female Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists is 38.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

34.5k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,562
6.81k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,026

83.5% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

72.1% of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.5% of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists, White (Hispanic) 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

40.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.69
38.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 4.16

The median age of Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists is 40.3, and Male employees are generally 2.73 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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