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DoD

Department of Defense

General Info

All civilian air traffic controllers are governed by the same regulations, regardless of agency. However, there are slight differences between the various agencies for certain things. This section will try to highlight areas where there are differences from the FAA, or between the different branches. For ATC purposes, the DoD consists of the Air Force, Army, and Navy.

How do I apply for a DoD job?

The DoD advertises vacancies on USAjobs.gov just like the FAA. Unlike the FAA, they do not hire those without previous ATC experience. The qualifications needed to apply for a vacancy vary by individual facility, and sometimes by military branch.

What is the hiring process like?

After applying, qualified applicants applications are sent to the selecting official, who ranks the applicants and submits selections to HR. Typically, there are more names submitted than vacancies, so if one person declines, another will be offered the position. HR will send a temporary offer to the selectee, and upon acceptance will vet the individuals documents, and process any needed clearances. A firm offer will then be made, and a start date agreed upon. The process is typically much faster than the FAA, taking only a few months from announcement to start date.

Having copies of your medical paperwork (flight physical, drug tests, etc) will expedite the process. If you're already in a federal agency and have a security clearance, they will likely be able to access that information, but if you have paperwork for it, that may be helpful also.

How much does a DoD controller make?

DoD controllers fall under the GS pay scale, and are GS-10 - GS-12 positions. The vacancy will specifically state which GS band it is, and any promotion potential there may be. There is no "promotion" to a higher GS scale in a position, unless stated in the announcement. Pay increases happen within the steps (1-10), normally in annual or bi-annual increments.

Besides the pay scale (AT for FAA, GS for DoD), there are some differences in pay between the FAA and DoD.

Special Salary Rate (SSR)
There are two SSR tables, 25% - used for non-radar ATC positions, and 30% for radar positions. The higher of locality or SSR will be added to basic pay to determine base pay. All Army, Air Force, and Marine controllers get SSR. Only four Navy facilities currently receive SSR.
ATC premium pay
There is an optional 5% premium pay for DoD controllers. It is currently authorized.
Overtime
For air traffic controllers, the hourly overtime rate is 1.5 times the employee's hourly Basic Pay rate.
On the Job Training Pay
5 U.S. Code ยง 5546a (d)(1) allows for OJTI pay, but it is not currently authorized.

2017 GS Pay Rates

The following table contains the basic hourly rates. The SSR% would then be applied to these rates to get base pay rate. The 5% ATC premium pay is added to that.

2017 GS pay rates
  GS 10 GS 11 GS 12
Step 1 22.82 25.07 30.05
Step 2 23.58 25.91 31.06
Step 3 24.34 26.75 32.06
Step 4 25.10 27.58 33.06
Step 5 25.87 28.42 34.06
Step 6 26.63 29.25 35.06
Step 7 27.39 30.09 36.07
Step 8 28.15 30.92 37.07
Step 9 28.91 31.76 38.07
Step 10 29.67 32.59 39.07
2017 GS pay rates
Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
10 22.82 23.58 24.34 25.10 25.87 26.63 27.39 28.15 28.91 29.67
11 25.07 25.91 26.75 27.58 28.42 29.25 30.09 30.92 31.76 32.59
12 30.05 31.06 32.06 33.06 34.06 35.06 36.07 37.07 38.07 39.07

2017 SSR Pay Tables

The following tables are the annual salaries for the with SSR included. The 5% ATC premium would be added to this to get the final salary.

2017 ATC 25% SSR Table
Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS10 59538 61523 63508 65493 67478 69463 71448 73433 75418 77403
GS11 65411 67591 69771 71951 74131 76311 78491 80671 82851 85031
GS12 78403 81016 83630 86244 88858 91471 94085 96699 99313 101926
2017 ATC 30% SSR Table
Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS10 61919 63983 66048 68112 70177 72241 74305 76370 78434 80499
GS11 68028 70295 72562 74829 77097 79364 81631 83898 86165 88433
GS12 81539 84257 86975 89694 92412 95130 97848 100567 103285 106003

Is there save pay?

Yes. Please see the Pay FAQ page. In addition, annual and sick leave balances will transfer across agencies. Credit hours will not.

Updated 08-Feb-2017

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