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Air Traffic Controller Salaries by State

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Air Traffic Controller

Salaries by State

Many people have been acquainted with air traffic controllers as of late. There’s the incident when the traffic controller took his daughter to work. Another episode when plane’s collided in air because the air traffic controller didn’t get enough sleep. Then there’s the ever-present TV show depicting the dangers and the highly stressful profession of “Air Traffic Controller!” These not only allow us to learn about this career, but also to actually know that this vocation exists for the right person, with the right passion, to excel.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The air traffic controller’s responsibilities are enormous. They’re main job is to navigate and coordinate the movement of aircraft in the air. They do this to prevent accidents and reduce delays. Some things that a traffic controller must be aware of are wind speed, wind velocity, aircraft size and weight, and any weather conditions. Located in Virginia is the Air Traffic Control Systems Command Center. They are responsible for the oversight of all air traffic controllers and the weather and terrain information received by the pilots. If this vocation seems a little too stressful for your taste, then you might rather become an airline pilot. If you think you’d be great as an air traffic controller, keep reading.

BECOME AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER

The training and education for this profession are nothing short of intense. Listed are a few things you will go through to become an air traffic controller.

  • Extreme physical exams
  • Drug screening
  • Complete background check
  • Aptitude tests
  • Be under 31 years of age
  • Exams to test you under intense pressure

You’ll be wise to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Administration and get as much experience as possible. Some facilities require at least 3 years of on-the-job training and related experience.

If you’re lucky to be hired, then you’ll attend 12 weeks in the Oklahoma Federal Aviation Administration Air Control Academy. Through this program, you will be assigned to your tower for 2-4 years of on-the-job training and experience as a developmental controller.

TRAFFIC CONTROLLER SALARY

Air traffic controllers make a pretty good living. Some may not think the salary is worth the risk and stress that this career puts on you, but others find it very satisfying to come to work and make a difference in this industry. The average salary for an air traffic controller is currently $106,990 per year. This data (and the following list) is taken straight from the Bureau of Labor Statistics site. Following is a list of traffic controller salaries by state.

Alaska

Hourly: $39.47

Salary: $82,100

Arizona

Hourly: $42.49

Salary: $88,380

Arkansas

Hourly: $43.41

Salary: $90,300

California

Hourly: $54.60

Salary: $113,560

Colorado

Hourly: $52.08

Salary: $108,340

Connecticut

Hourly: $46.56

Salary: $96,840

District of Columbia

Hourly: $64.16

Salary: $133,450

Florida

Hourly: $50.96

Salary: $106,010

Georgia

Hourly: $54.63

Salary: $113,630

Hawaii

Hourly: $41.43

Salary: $86,180

Idaho

Hourly: $35.31

Salary: $73,440

Illinois

Hourly: $58.70

Salary: $122,090

Indiana

Hourly: $53.14

Salary: $110,530

Iowa

Hourly: $35.41

Salary: $73,650

Kansas

Hourly: $52.00

Salary: $108,150

Kentucky

Hourly: $45.88

Salary: $95,430

Louisiana

Hourly: $35.83

Salary: $74,530

Massachusetts

Hourly: $47.84

Salary: $99,510

Michigan

Hourly: $46.16

Salary: $96,020

Minnesota

Hourly: $57.81

Salary: $120,240

Missouri

Hourly: $47.67

Salary: $99,150

Montana

Hourly: $37.94

Salary: $78,910

Nebraska

Hourly: $39.79

Salary: $82,770

Nevada

Hourly: $45.38

Salary: $94,390

New Hampshire

Hourly: $59.79

Salary: $124,370

New Mexico

Hourly: $47.38

Salary: $98,560

New York

Hourly: $57.10

Salary: $118,760

North Carolina

Hourly: $42.60

Salary: $88,620

North Dakota

Hourly: $38.25

Salary: $79,560

Ohio

Hourly: $54.97

Salary: $114,340

Oklahoma

Hourly: $44.18

Salary: $91,900

Oregon

Hourly: $43.57

Salary: $90,630

Pennsylvania

Hourly: $50.63

Salary: $105,310

South Dakota

Hourly: $33.96

Salary: $70,630

Tennessee

Hourly: $52.89

Salary: $110,010

Texas

Hourly: $55.08

Salary: $114,570

Utah

Hourly: $47.44

Salary: $98,670

Virginia

Hourly: $60.42

Salary: $125,670

Washington

Hourly: $48.77

Salary: $101,440

West Virginia

Hourly: $36.27

Salary: $75,430

Wisconsin

Hourly: $43.57

Salary: $90,630

Wyoming

Hourly: $30.69

Salary: $63,840

CONCLUSION

If you’re serious about becoming an air traffic controller, then you must be able to handle high-stress situations, constant vocal commanding, and standing up for long periods of time. This job is not for the faint of heart. You will be paid well, but the lives of countless people are in your hands. Go after this job with all your heart and you’ll succeed. Good luck!

 

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