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DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

53-2021 Air Traffic Controllers



Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 540223$75.36/hr$43.09/hr$72.94/hr$80.47/hr$88.59/hr$95.39/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Public Administration590$78.96/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 540$80.47/hr2.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 540$80.47/hrN/A
Minnesota 590$78.96/hr2.2%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Airfield Operations Specialists 140$40.37/hrN/A
Public Safety Telecommunicators 1,010$30.82/hr5.5%
Traffic Technicians 30$32.58/hrN/A


  • Monitor aircraft within a specific airspace, using radar, computer equipment, or visual references.
  • Transfer control of departing flights to traffic control centers and accept control of arriving flights.
  • Monitor or direct the movement of aircraft within an assigned air space or on the ground at airports to minimize delays and maximize safety.
  • Direct ground traffic, including taxiing aircraft, maintenance or baggage vehicles, or airport workers.
  • Issue landing and take-off authorizations or instructions.
  • Inform pilots about nearby planes or potentially hazardous conditions, such as weather, speed and direction of wind, or visibility problems.
  • Maintain radio or telephone contact with adjacent control towers, terminal control units, or other area control centers to coordinate aircraft movement.
  • Contact pilots by radio to provide meteorological, navigational, or other information.
  • Direct pilots to runways when space is available or direct them to maintain a traffic pattern until there is space for them to land.
  • Determine the timing or procedures for flight vector changes.