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Air Traffic Controllers

Earnings

Air traffic control trainees start at the FG-1 level, which paid $29,879 annually in 2015. This pay level increases as workers gain experience and meet training goals. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, air traffic controllers had median annual earnings of $122,340 in May 2014. The highest paid controllers made $172,000 or more per year. The controller's experience, job responsibilities, and the complexity of the facility are also factors that influence the rate of pay.

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