ATC Jobs and Pay

Pay and Benefits

NATS offer an attractive salary and benefits package from the moment you begin training with them.


Once you join as a Trainee Air Traffic Controller, you’ll earn a basic salary of £13154.40, alongside a benefits package – including a contributory pension scheme, generous annual leave (28 days plus national holidays), as well as a variety of voluntary benefits. NATS also provide a weekly payment of £60* to cover expenses during your training, and some applicants may be eligible to a further £1000* on completion of the college based training.

At the completion of the college based training, trainees are posted to NATS units for further training, where the salary rises to £17,066* and £20,479*, dependant on where you are based.


On completion of all training, the salary rises to £32522-£36247, dependant on the ATC unit. On the third anniversary of passing training, subject to validation, the salary rises to £46461-£51781, plus shift pay of £5543.

It’s worth noting that with increments, you can potentially earn over £100000 at the NATS Swanwick Centre and Heathrow Tower.

Source: NATS
*Based on 2012 rates

Available Jobs

NATS post available careers on their Vacancies Page

Other Air Traffic Control careers can be found

Source: NATS
Training £13,154
Training (post college) £17066 - £20479
Qualified £32522 – £36247
Qualified (3 years service) £46461 – £51781
Qualified Swanwick Centre and Heathrow £100000+