How much does an Air Traffic Controller make hourly in the United States? The average hourly wage for an Air Traffic Controller in the United States is $38 as of September 25, 2020, but the salary range typically falls between $31 and $47. Hourly rate can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Search Air Traffic Controller Jobs in the United States

How to Become a Controller

What is an Air Traffic Controller?

Air traffic controllers often abbreviated ATC are personnel responsible for the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic in the global air traffic control system. Usually stationed in air traffic control centers and control towers on the ground, they monitor the position, speed, and altitude of aircraft in their assigned airspace visually and by radar, and give directions to the pilots by radio. The position of Air Traffic Controller is one that requires highly specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. Controllers apply separation rules to keep aircraft at a safe distance from ...

Source: Wikipedia (as of 09/06/2019). Read more from Wikipedia

See user submitted job responsibilities for Air Traffic Controller.

Job Openings for Air Traffic Controller
... controlled by our Traffic Management Systems. Together We deployed the first-ever nationwide ... In Austria customers in rail transportation, air traffic, cybersecurity and defence missions rely ...
Nexxt - 8 days ago
MyLimelight - Roanoke , VA
Operates small tractors, auxiliary equipment (compressors and air operated tools like a jack hammer ... controlling unwanted plant growth and insect pests). * Knowledge of traffic regulations and the ...
ZipRecruiter - 13 days ago
Not the job you're looking for? Search more salaries here:

Are you an HR manager or compensation specialist?

Salary.com's CompAnalyst platform offers:

  • Detailed skills and competency reports for specific positions
  • Job and employee pricing reports
  • Compensation data tools, salary structures, surveys and benchmarks.
Learn about CompAnalyst

Understand the total hourly compensation opportunity for an Air Traffic Controller, hourly wage plus other pay elements

Average Hourly Wage

Core compensation

 
 
 
31
47
38

Average Total Hourly Cash Compensation

Includes base and short-term incentives

 
 
 
31
47
38
These charts show the average hourly wage (core compensation), as well as the average total hourly cash compensation for the job of Air Traffic Controller in the United States. The average hourly rate for Air Traffic Controller ranges from $31 to $47 with the average hourly pay of $38. The total hourly cash compensation, which includes base and short-term incentives, can vary anywhere from $31 to $47 with the average total hourly cash compensation of $38.

Discover how your pay is adjusted for skills, experience, and other factors

How much should you be paid?

For a real-time salary target, tell us more about your role in the four categories below.

31
47