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Air Traffic Controllers

Wages & Outlook


Typical Wages   This career pays well above the median wage.

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $83.93
Statewide median: $25.22


This is a very high-wage career. It pays well above the statewide median wage.

Wages for Air Traffic Controllers *

Area Low Median High
$48.72 $69.10 $88.89
$62.57 $83.93 $95.22
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$75.21 $85.40 $95.95

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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In Minnesota, there are 630 workers employed in this very small career.

Where do Air Traffic Controllers most often work?


Current Demand

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This career is currently in very low demand.


Future Demand

This career is seeing low growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 619 new Air Traffic Controllers to meet market demand between 2020-2030. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.


Employment Outlook for Air Traffic Controllers
Area Employment Employment Change
2020 2030 Number Percent
U S 24,500 25,500 900 3.8%
Minnesota 630 644 14 2.2%

Source: You can learn about our data sources in the About Us section.