A career as an air traffic controller comes with high stakes and potentially high wages. According to the Alaska Department of Labor it is one of the top jobs in the state, and is projected to grow.
“The FAA is trying, nationwide, to hire between 1,300 and 1,700 controllers a year,” said Duane McQuillin, a training manager with Federal Aviation Administration.
He added that the facility he works at is looking to have 115 air traffic controllers on site. They currently have 70.
The Department of Labor reported that the median salary of an air traffic controller is around $104,000 a year, plus a cost of living adjustment of 25%. That brings the yearly income up to about $115,000.