Most of us would like to get in and out of the airport as quickly as possible, without having to spend hours waiting for our flight. However, the airport is actually a pretty exciting place to spend your work days. From getting to know the secrets behind those mysterious doors marked “employees only” to working with a wide variety of people doing vastly different jobs, airport jobs seem to offer an element of fun — and if you choose well, you can earn good money to boot. Sound like your kind of thing? Here are 10 airport jobs that pay well.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Average Annual Salary: $66,410)
In Canada, an aircraft maintenance engineer, or AME, can train at a vocational college approved by Transport Canada. After doing an apprenticeship and passing the licensing exam, you get an AME licence for working on specific aircraft or aircraft systems, such as the airframe or the aircraft electronics system. Payscale says that the average salary for an AME in Canada is $66,410 per year but top AMEs can earn as much as $98,000 a year.
Air Traffic Controller (Average Annual Salary: $122,211)
To become an air traffic controller in Canada, you need to be able to work well under pressure and pay close attention to detail. You also need to complete a training course with Nav Canada and pass security clearance and a medical exam.
Flight Dispatcher (Average Annual Salary: $51,787)
Once you know how to apply for airport jobs and have landed one, you need on-the-job training, an aeronautical restricted radio operator’s permit and pass a competency check to obtain Transport Canada’s Flight Dispatcher Certificate. The average salary for a flight dispatcher in Canada, according to Payscale, is $51,787 a year but it your pay can be as much as $61,000, depending on your experience.
Aircraft Refueller (Average Annual Salary: $36,000)
According to Neuvoo, the average annual salary for an aircraft refueller in Canada is $36,000 but with experience your salary can go up to $46,800.
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Airport Operations Specialist (Average Annual Salary: $55,955)
Airport-related experience and at least a bachelor’s degree in business administration are essential to ensure that the airport you work at doesn’t become one of the world’s worst airports. Neuvoo says that the average airport operations salary is $55,955 a year but that you can make up to $75,153 as you gain experience.
Airport Manager (Average Annual Salary: $80,798)
To become an airport manager, you need at least a bachelor’s degree in aviation management, business administration or a related field and experience working at airports. According to Indeed, the average annual pay for an airport manager in Canada is $80,798 but top airport managers can make as much as $152,000 a year.
Ramp Supervisor (Average Annual Salary: $33,819)
To become a ramp supervisor, you need experience as a ramp agent while a bachelor’s degree in aviation management can increase your chances of landing the job. According to Neuvoo, the average annual salary for a ramp supervisor in Canada is $33,819 while those at the top of their field can earn up to $35,254 a year.
Passenger Service Agent (Average Annual Salary: $25,838)
According to Neuvoo, the average annual salary for a passenger service agent in Canada is $25,838 but it can go up to $29,777. It might not be the greatest salary in the world but the job usually comes with perks like travel discounts.
Limousine Driver (Average Annual Salary: $28,763)
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Aviation Meteorologist (Average Annual Salary: $57,389)
To become an aviation meteorologist, you need a degree in meteorology. According to Payscale, the average salary for a meteorologist in Canada is $57,389 but top meteorologists can make as much as $102,000 a year.