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3. Air Traffic Controller
Median Salary: $87,360.00
Change in Salary (2008–2014): +26%
Total Employees: 5,100
Change in Employees (2008–2014): +28%
After years of growing salaries but little growth in the number of total jobs, this is the first year that the number of Air Traffic Controllers has been high enough (more than 5,000 total) to make our main Best Jobs ranking. Having topped our Niche Jobs Ranking in prior years, it makes a strong entrance in this year’s ranking at #3. It can be a pressure-cooker of a job, but if you’ve got the nerves for it you can be well-compensated, with average salaries of $87,000, with paycheques gaining altitude in bigger markets with busier airports.