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Air Traffic Controller Average Salary in Austria 2021

How much money does an Air Traffic Controller make in Austria?

Average Monthly Salary
4,400 EUR
( 52,900 EUR yearly)


A person working as an Air Traffic Controller in Austria typically earns around 4,400 EUR per month. Salaries range from 2,030 EUR (lowest) to 7,000 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Air Traffic Controller salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Air Traffic Controller Salary Distribution in Austria

Median and salary distribution monthly Austria Air Traffic Controller
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Air Traffic Controller salaries in Austria range from 2,030 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 7,000 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,760 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Air Traffic Controller(s) are earning less than 4,760 EUR while the other half are earning more than 4,760 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Air Traffic Controller(s) are earning less than 3,050 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,050 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Air Traffic Controller(s) are earning less than 6,350 EUR while 25% are earning more than 6,350 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Air Traffic Controller Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Air Traffic Controller salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Air Traffic Controller with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,300 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 3,070 EUR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 4,540 EUR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Air Traffic Controller(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 5,540 EUR per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 6,030 EUR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 6,530 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Air Traffic Controller average salary change by experience in Austria

0 - 2 Years
2,300 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
3,070 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
4,540 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
5,540 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
6,030 EUR
20+ Years+8%
6,530 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Air Traffic Controller Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Air Traffic Controller(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Air Traffic Controller salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of an Air Traffic Controller is 2,620 EUR per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 4,120 EUR per month, 57% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 6,900 EUR per month, 68% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Air Traffic Controller average salary difference by education level in Austria

Certificate or Diploma
2,620 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+57%
4,120 EUR
Master's Degree+68%
6,900 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Austria costs anywhere from 18,900 Euro(s) to 56,800 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Air Traffic Controller Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Air Traffic Controller employees in Austria earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

4,510 EUR
4,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Austria for all Careers

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Air Traffic Controller Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Austria

How much are annual salary increments in Austria for Air Traffic Controller(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Air Traffic Controller(s) in Austria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Austria / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Austria is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Austria for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Air Traffic Controller Bonus and Incentive Rates in Austria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Austria Air Traffic Controller
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An Air Traffic Controller is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

83% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 17% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Air Traffic Controller Average Hourly Wage in Austria

25 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Austria is 25 EUR. This means that the average Air Traffic Controller in Austria earns approximately 25 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Air Traffic Controller VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Air Traffic Controller and Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense monthly Austria
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The average salary for Air Traffic Controller is 14% more than that of Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense. Also, Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense salaries are 2% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Aeronautical Engineer4,260 EUR-3%
Aerospace Engineer5,060 EUR+15%
Aerospace Technician3,890 EUR-12%
Air Crew Officer2,650 EUR-40%
Air Traffic Assistant2,360 EUR-46%
Air Traffic Controller4,400 EUR-0%
Aircraft Captain6,280 EUR+43%
Aircraft Electrician2,260 EUR-49%
Aircraft Engineer4,020 EUR-9%
Aircraft Fueler1,740 EUR-60%
Aircraft Maintenance Manager6,150 EUR+40%
Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor4,090 EUR-7%
Aircraft Maintenance Technician1,790 EUR-59%
Aircraft Mechanic2,050 EUR-53%
Aircraft Quality Assurance5,630 EUR+28%
Airfield Management Specialist5,950 EUR+35%
Airfield Operations Specialist4,540 EUR+3%
Airline Cabin Crew4,030 EUR-9%
Airline Copilot4,460 EUR+1%
Airlines Sales Manager7,290 EUR+65%
Airlines Structural Assembler1,800 EUR-59%
Airport Services Agent2,560 EUR-42%
Airport Services Manager7,750 EUR+76%
Assistant Aircraft Mechanic1,780 EUR-60%
Aviation Analyst5,420 EUR+23%
Aviation Inspector4,630 EUR+5%
Aviation Manager8,550 EUR+94%
Aviation Operations Controller4,650 EUR+6%
Aviation Resources Manager7,230 EUR+64%
Aviation Safety Manager7,950 EUR+80%
Aviation Safety Officer3,930 EUR-11%
Aviation Technician1,790 EUR-59%
Cargo Executive3,760 EUR-15%
Chief Pilot6,920 EUR+57%
First Officer2,850 EUR-35%
Fleet Management Officer2,650 EUR-40%
Flight Attendant2,690 EUR-39%
Flight Scheduler3,320 EUR-25%
Flight Simulation Engineer3,520 EUR-20%
Freight and Cargo Inspector2,810 EUR-36%
Helicopter Pilot4,510 EUR+2%
Loading Bridge Operator1,720 EUR-61%
Pilot6,520 EUR+48%
Ramp Agent1,750 EUR-60%
Reservations Sales Agent2,250 EUR-49%
Safety and Quality Specialist4,070 EUR-8%
Test Pilot4,990 EUR+13%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Dornbirn3,890 EUR
Graz4,550 EUR
Innsbruck4,250 EUR
Klagenfurt4,430 EUR
Linz4,300 EUR
Salzburg4,500 EUR
St. Polten4,120 EUR
Vienna4,810 EUR
Villach4,190 EUR
Wels3,950 EUR
Wiener Neustadt3,660 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Austria earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
3,640 EUR
Public Sector+7%
3,900 EUR
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