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Air Traffic Controller Average Salary in Portugal 2020

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


Average Monthly Salary
2,960 EUR
( 35,500 EUR yearly)

LOW
1,360
EUR
AVERAGE
2,960
EUR
HIGH
4,700
EUR

A person working as an Air Traffic Controller in Portugal typically earns around 2,960 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,360 EUR (lowest) to 4,700 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 Portugal

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

  • Salary Range

    Air Traffic Controller salaries in Portugal range from 1,360 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 4,700 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,190 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Air Traffic Controller(s) are earning less than 3,190 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,190 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 2,050 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,050 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Air Traffic Controller(s) are earning less than 4,260 EUR while 25% are earning more than 4,260 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?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Portugal Air Traffic Controller
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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 1,540 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,060 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 3,050 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 3,710 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 4,050 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 4,380 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Air Traffic Controller average salary change by experience in Portugal

0 - 2 Years
1,540 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,060 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
3,050 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
3,710 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
4,050 EUR
20+ Years+8%
4,380 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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 1,760 EUR per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 2,760 EUR per month, 57% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 4,630 EUR per month, 68% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.


Air Traffic Controller average salary difference by education level in Portugal

Certificate or Diploma
1,760 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+57%
2,760 EUR
Master's Degree+68%
4,630 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 Portugal costs anywhere from 13,800 Euro(s) to 41,300 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

Salary comparison by gender monthly Portugal Air Traffic Controller
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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 Portugal earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

Female
2,850 EUR
Male+7%
3,060 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Portugal for all Careers

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Air Traffic Controller Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Portugal

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

Air Traffic Controller

Air Traffic Controller(s) in Portugal are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 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.

Portugal / 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 Portugal is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
3%
Energy
6%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
3%
Travel
6%
Construction
9%
Education
3%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Portugal for the year 2019. 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 Portugal

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Portugal 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.

66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% 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
34%
No Bonus
66%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Portugal earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
2,680 EUR
Public Sector+6%
2,840 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Air Traffic Controller Average Hourly Wage in Portugal


17 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Portugal is 17 EUR. This means that the average Air Traffic Controller in Portugal earns approximately 17 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 Portugal
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The average salary for Air Traffic Controller is 5% 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 Engineer2,740 EUR-7%
Aerospace Engineer3,530 EUR+19%
Aerospace Technician2,660 EUR-10%
Air Crew Officer1,880 EUR-36%
Air Traffic Assistant1,550 EUR-48%
Air Traffic Controller2,960 EUR+0%
Aircraft Captain4,470 EUR+51%
Aircraft Electrician1,460 EUR-51%
Aircraft Engineer2,690 EUR-9%
Aircraft Fueler1,190 EUR-60%
Aircraft Maintenance Manager4,470 EUR+51%
Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor2,860 EUR-3%
Aircraft Maintenance Technician1,270 EUR-57%
Aircraft Mechanic1,370 EUR-54%
Aircraft Quality Assurance3,630 EUR+23%
Airfield Management Specialist4,150 EUR+40%
Airfield Operations Specialist3,040 EUR+3%
Airline Cabin Crew2,750 EUR-7%
Airline Copilot2,870 EUR-3%
Airlines Sales Manager4,790 EUR+62%
Airlines Structural Assembler1,160 EUR-61%
Airport Services Agent1,860 EUR-37%
Airport Services Manager5,300 EUR+79%
Assistant Aircraft Mechanic1,150 EUR-61%
Aviation Analyst3,710 EUR+26%
Aviation Inspector2,980 EUR+1%
Aviation Manager5,620 EUR+90%
Aviation Operations Controller3,000 EUR+2%
Aviation Resources Manager4,940 EUR+67%
Aviation Safety Manager5,130 EUR+74%
Aviation Safety Officer2,690 EUR-9%
Aviation Technician1,250 EUR-58%
Cargo Executive2,520 EUR-15%
Chief Pilot4,920 EUR+66%
First Officer2,070 EUR-30%
Fleet Management Officer1,930 EUR-35%
Flight Attendant1,840 EUR-38%
Flight Scheduler2,180 EUR-26%
Flight Simulation Engineer2,360 EUR-20%
Freight and Cargo Inspector1,890 EUR-36%
Helicopter Pilot3,140 EUR+6%
Loading Bridge Operator1,110 EUR-62%
Pilot4,460 EUR+51%
Ramp Agent1,220 EUR-59%
Reservations Sales Agent1,510 EUR-49%
Safety and Quality Specialist2,840 EUR-4%
Test Pilot3,410 EUR+15%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Funchal2,640 EUR
Lisbon3,300 EUR
Porto2,920 EUR
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