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Oct 26, 2012
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FAA Air Traffic Controller jobs are rewarding and the pay is good.
Starting Pay for Air Traffic Controller Recruits
(excludes locality pay rates)

General Public *$17,803
AT-CTI Graduates *$17,803
Veterans Recruitment Appointment $37,070
Retired military controllers$37,070
Current or former Federal controllers$37,070

*Represents pay while completing entry level training at the FAA Academy. The pay increases to $37,070 after reporting to an assigned facility and continues to increase as each required developmental training phase is completed.

Pay for Fully Certified Air Traffic Controllers

We operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week in different kinds of facilities in many locations. As a fully-certified air traffic controller, your pay will depend on when and where you work and the level of complexity in your facility. Whatever facility you work in, we offer some of the most competitive salaries in the Federal government.


Air traffic controller recruits can earn annual and sick leave, and are eligible for a variety of federal benefits, including health insurance, life insurance, retirement benefits, as well as participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, which is similar to a 401(k). For more information about Federal employee benefits, visit

Training At the FAA Academy

Air traffic controller recruits must complete various phases of training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to help them become full-fledged air traffic controllers. Depending on the specific class, the length of training can last from several weeks to several months. Students must pass the required training courses at the Academy to advance further in their air traffic controller career.
Academy students are reimbursed for meals, lodging, and incidental expenses at a rate of $79.20 per day. The FAA also pays for the cost of travel to and from Oklahoma City based on the student's official address.

Facility Training for Developmental Air Traffic Controllers

Students who pass the Academy training program are assigned to air traffic control facilities where their training continues in an operational environment. Training is conducted in stages and consists of a combination of classroom, simulation, and on-the-job training that leads to being a fully certified air traffic controller.