Airports Council International Compensation Survey - 2019

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2019 Input Materials Available
01 July 2018

2018 Survey Results Available on DataCentral®

06 February 2018

2018 Input Materials Available
01 September 2017

2017 Survey Results Available on DataCentral®
01 February 2017

2017 Input Materials Available
01 August 2016

2016 Survey Results Available on DataCentral®

05 February 2016

2016 Input Materials Available
01 August 2015

Western Management Group has been engaged by the Airports Council International – North America to develop and conduct the annual compensation survey of positions which are unique within Airports/Airport Authority organizations within the United States and Canada.

In creating this survey, we consulted with ACI-NA and its Compensation and Benefits Survey Working Group (C&B Working Group), whose members have extensive HR backgrounds.  The survey is designed to create airport human resource profiles, (e.g., governance, annual budget, employment demographics) in three principal areas: compensation, human resource policies and practices, and benefits.  

The 2018 survey results included participation from 148 airports: 130 U.S. and 18 Canadian.

Advisory / Design Team

We would like to thank the members of the Advisory / Design Team, for their support and assistance in designing this survey.

Allegheny County Airport Authority
Clark County Department of Aviation
Fort McMurray Airport Authority
Hillsborough County Aviation Authority
Louisville Regional Airport Authority
Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Ottawa International Airport Authority
Port of Portland
Port of Seattle
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Wayne County Airport Authority

Key Features

  • Total Cash Compensation data including Base Salary,  Performance Bonuses, Team Awards, Discretionary Bonuses, and Profit Sharing/Gainsharing
  • Geographic breakouts of data for major regions, states, and over 100 major metropolitan areas throughout the U.S.
  • Breakouts available by revenue, budget, headcount, total passengers, total cargo, governance type and airport size
  • 148 participants were included in the 2018 edition (130 U.S. and 18 Canadian)
  • 122 benchmark jobs, each with detailed job descriptions

New This Year

New Jobs Added

Environmental Services Program Manager (added a level to the current job family)
Director of Commercial Services
Electro/Mechanical Systems Technician
Airport Fire Fighter/Paramedic
Director Customer Experience

Revised Job Descriptions

Manager Environmental Programs
Airport Fire Fighter

Revised Job Levels

Environmental Services Specialist job has changed to P3 job level.
Properties Specialist 2 job has changed to a P3 job level.

New Data Element

We will now be collecting Gender classification for each incumbent.

Please refer to the survey Input Instructions for a full list of updated and revised survey content.

Survey Schedule

July 2018
1 August 2018
1 November 2018                                   
1 November 2018
 February 2019
Distribution of Input Materials
Effective Date of Data 
Deadline for Submission of Data - Earn a discount for submitting on-time!
Deadline for Submission of PolicyCentral®
 benefits and policy information 
Results available to participants via DataCentral®

Survey Fees

All survey results are delivered via our DataCentral® online survey report tool, and the report fees for your company will depend on the size of your airport. 

With DataCental you will have YEAR ROUND access to both the Standard Reports which includes data from ALL participants on ALL jobs, and the Custom Reports where you can create your own report selections based on your choice of companies, product sectors, geographies, revenue, etc. With the Custom Report you have complete control of the complexity of analyses, comparisons, and customization of results from the survey database, and you can run an unlimited number of reports to satisfy your needs on a 24x7 basis. All results are provided in both PDF and XLS Formats, including uploadable XLS versions.

Airport Size    Fee
Large $ 3,325
Medium $ 1,900
Small-A $ 950
Smallest-B $ 325
Hard Copy of Standard Report
(hard copy only sold as an addition to the fee above)
$ 250

Your airport size is determined by ACI-NA.  It is formula-based and a function of the airport’s passenger and cargo activity.  The passenger and cargo levels are accounted for through the determination of an airport’s “traffic units” (TUs), as defined by ACI-NA.

Survey Discounts

We firmly believe in rewarding our survey participants for helping to make our surveys better. You can earn significant discounts this year!

On-Time Discount if you submit your data by 1 November 2018

$ 100 for Large Airports
$ 75 for Medium Airports
$ 50 for Small-A Airports
$ 25 for Smallest-B Airports

Early Order Discount if you place your report order by 31 January 2019 - just complete the "Order Details" worksheet on your SmartScreen®

$ 100 for Large Airports
$ 75 for Medium Airports
$ 50 for Small-A Airports
$ 25 for Smallest-B Airports

Previous Participant Discount for all 2018 ACI-NA Compensation Survey Participants  

$ 125 for Large Airports
$ 100 for Medium Airports
$ 75 for Small-A Airports
$ 50 for Smallest-B Airports

PolicyCentral® Discount if you complete/update the "CORE" topics in PolicyCentral as shown on Page 12 of the Input Instructions

$ 175 for Large Airports
$ 150 for Medium Airports
$ 125 for Small-A Airports
$ 100 for Smallest-B Airports

Survey Results and Samples - DataCentral®

There are two levels of results access available depending on your needs…whether you only need the Standard Report in PDF or XLS format covering ALL of the participants and ALL of the jobs, or Custom Report access which provides complex reporting “drill-down” capabilities.  Regardless of the level chosen, all participants will receive a FULL YEAR of 24x7 access to DataCentral® to download your reports online, or run unlimited Custom Reports and get immediate results. Both levels described below will provide the analyses in both PDF and XLS Formats.

Download the full survey Standard Report which contains ALL data from ALL participants.  Your data is included in the computation of job data statistics and totals.  Available in both Adobe Acrobat.pdf and Excel.xls formats, at no additional cost. 

  • Job Descriptions:  Uploadable job descriptions in Excel, Word and Adobe Acrobat are also provided at no additional cost.
  • Summary Report:  Displays a line of data for each job, including basic statistics such as:
Average or Median Actual Base Pay 
Average or Median Performance Based Variable Cash
Average or Median Profit Sharing/Gain Sharing

Total Number of Incumbents 
Total Number of Companies

View a sample of the Summary Report

  • Detail Report:  Provides a full page of data analysis for each job, including statistics on each pay element such as:
90th, 75th, 50th, 25th 10th Percentiles 
Number of Employees Reported 
Employee Weighted Average 
Number of Companies 
Company Weighted Average
Earnings Mix: Showing Base, Bonus and Profit Sharing/Gain Sharing as a percentage of Total Cash  
Prevalence and Impact Statistics and Analysis for various Pay Elements

View a sample of the Detail Report

  • Breakout Report:  Includes Employee Weighted Average or Median pay data for each job broken out by Geographic Area, Revenue, Airport Size, Headcount, Cargo, Passengers, and more.
Average or Median Actual Base Pay 
Average or Median Performance Based Variable Cash
Average or Median Profit Sharing/Gain Sharing
Average or Median Actual Total Compensation
Total Number of Incumbents 
Total Number of Companies 

View a sample of the Breakout Report
  • Uploadable Excel Report:  Provides a job-by-job spreadsheet report with all of the major statistics and pay elements laid out in a readily uploadable format for third party analysis software.
The Custom Report Option offers detailed and full customized reporting capability.  Ideal for participants who need reports based on a selected set of participants or to meet specific scoping criteria.  You have complete control and flexibility in defining your own reports to include the pay elements and statistics you require.

Airport Size by Revenue or Employment
Governance Type
Geographic Area
Data Elements and Statistics Calculations
Custom Percentiles
Standard Deviations
Weighted and Simple Averages
Data Aging

And much more!

Includes all of the above reports from the Standard level PLUS

  • Uploadable Excel Breakout Report:  Similar to the Uploadable Excel Report above, PLUS adds the ability to split the results into categories such as Region or State.
  • Market Comparison Report:  Provides a tabular and graphic comparison of your own company data to that of your selected market. An easy way to show competitive standing of your company.
View a sample of the Market Comparison Report

For a live demonstration of the power, flexibility and capabilities of DataCentral go to and scroll down to ”Our Features” under “DataCentral” and click on “Take a Test Drive”, or call Toni McGrath at +1 408 816 2346 for additional guidance.

Recent Participants - 2018

Bold = Canadian Airports 
Akron-Canton Airport
Alamogordo-White Sands Regional Airport
Albany County Airport Authority
Albert J Ellis Airport
Allegheny County Airport Authority
Anderson Municipal Airport
Appleton International Airport
Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority
Aspen-Pitkin County Airport
Atkinson Municipal Airport
Birmingham Airport Authority
Bloomington Normal Airport Authority
Broward County Aviation Department
Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport
Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority
Calgary Airport Authority
Capital Region Airport Commission
Cedar Rapids Airport Commission
Charleston County Aviation Authority
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Chesapeake Airport Authority
Chicago Department of Aviation
City And County of Denver / Denver International Airport
City of Atlanta Department of Aviation
City of Austin / Department of Aviation
City of Boise
City of El Paso
City of Fresno - Airports
City of Little Rock Airport Commission
City of Midland Department of Airports
City Of Phoenix Aviation Department
City of Redding Airports Division
Clark County Department Of Aviation
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
Colorado Springs Airport
Columbia Metropolitan Airport
Columbus Regional Airport Authority
Connecticut Airport Authority
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board
Dane County Regional Airport
Des Moines Airport Authority
Dothan-Houston County Airport Authority
Edmonton Regional Airports Authority
Erie Regional Airport Authority
Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority District
Fairbanks International Airport
Fort McMurray Airport Authority
Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority
Fredericton International Airport Authority
Friedman Memorial Airport
Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority
Greater Baton Rouge Airport District
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport District
Hagerstown Regional Airport
Halifax International Airport Authority
Houston Airport System
Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority
Idaho Falls Regional Airport
Indianapolis Airport Authority
Jacksonville Aviation Authority
John Wayne Airport - County of Orange
Kamloops Airport
Kansas City Aviation Department
Kelowna International Airport
Kent County Department of Aeronautics
Kenton County Airport Board
Lafayette Airport Commission
Lee County Port Authority
Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority
Lincoln Airport Authority
Long Beach Airport
Los Angeles World Airports
Louisville Regional Airport Authority
Maryland Aviation Administration
Massachusetts Port Authority
Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County
Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority
Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Milwaukee County Department of Transportation - Airports Div.
Minneapolis - St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission
Missoula County Airport Authority
Monterey Peninsula Airport District
Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport
Municipal Airport Authority The City of Fargo
Nanaimo Airport Commission
New Orleans Aviation Board
Norfolk Airport Authority
North Peace Regional Airport
Northern Maine Regional Airport
Northwestern Regional Airport Commission
Oakland International Airport - Port Of Oakland
Ocala International Airport
Ohio State University Airport
Omaha Airport Authority
Ottawa International Airport Authority
Pease Development Authority
Philadelphia Division of Aviation
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority
Piedmont Triad Airport Authority
Port Authority of New York And New Jersey
Port of Portland
Port of Seattle
Portland International Jetport
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
Rapid City Regional Airport
Regina Airport Authority
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority
Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport
Roanoke Regional Airport Commission
Rochester Airport Company
Sacramento County Airport System
Salt Lake City Department Of Airports
San Bernardino International Airport Authority
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
San Francisco Airport Commission
San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport
Sanford Airport Authority
Santa Barbara Airport
Santa Maria Public Airport
Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority
Saskatoon Airport Authority
Savannah Airport Commission
Shreveport Airport Authority
Smithers Regional Airport
Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field)
South Jersey Transportation Authority
Spokane Airport Board
St. Cloud Regional Airport
St. Louis Airport Authority
Syracuse Regional Airport Authority
Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority
Toronto Port Authority
Trenton-Mercer Airport
Tri-Cities Airport Authority
Tri-Cities Airport/Port of Pasco
Tucson Airport Authority
Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust
University of Illinois Willard Airport
Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority
Victoria Airport Authority
Wayne County Airport Authority
Winnipeg Airports Authority
Your Quick Gateway-Windsor International Airport
Yuma County Airport Authority

Survey Job Coverage



Chief Executive Officer-Aviation & Port (CEO)
Chief Executive Officer-Aviation Only (CEO)
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Chief Audit Officer
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Chief Engineering Officer


Director Finance and Administration
Manager Accounting
Supervisor Accounting 
Supervisor Accounts Payable 
Supervisor Accounts Receivable 
Manager Grants
Grants Specialist
Budget Manager
Rates and Charges Specialist
Manager Audit
Internal Auditor
Risk Manager
Director of Procurement
Manager Procurement and Contracts


Director Information Technology and Telecommunications
Manager Information Technology


General Counsel
Senior Staff Attorney
Staff Attorney
Director Human Resources and Administration
Director Human Resources 
Manager Human Resources 2
Manager Human Resources 1
Human Resources Generalist
Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist (EEO)
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Programs Manager (DBE)


Director Facilities Maintenance
Manager Facilities Maintenance
Supervisor Facilities Maintenance
Manager Airfield Maintenance
Supervisor Airfield Maintenance 
Airfield Electrician Lead
Airfield Electrician
Electro/Mechanical Systems Technician
Manager Environmental Programs
Environmental Services Program Manager
Environmental Services Specialist

Noise Abatement Program Manager 
Noise Abatement Analyst
Manager Wildlife Program
Wildlife Management Specialist
Supervisor Fleet Maintenance
Asset Manager


Vice President Business Development & Marketing
Manager Marketing
Marketing & Advertising Specialist
Director Public or Government Affairs
Manager Public or Government Affairs 
Public or Government Affairs Specialist
Manager Airport Art Program 
Airport Art Program Coordinator
Community Programs Manager
Director Customer Experience
Terminal & Customer Relations Manager 
Customer Service Representative/Receptionist


Manager Airport
Manager Airport Operations 
Airport Operations Duty Manager
Airport Operations Specialist
Airport Operations Duty Agent
Director Commercial Services
Manager General Aviation
Manager Aviation Services
Manager Parking and Ground Transportation 
Manager Ground Transportation 
Manager Parking 
Manager Communications Center 
Supervisor Communications Center
Dispatcher - Emergency
Dispatcher/Receptionist - Non Emergency
Supervisor Pass and ID 
Pass and ID Clerk
Supervisor Airport Traffic Enforcement
Transportation Coordinator
Airport Traffic Officer


Director Business Development
Manager Air Service Development 
Director Airport Planning
Manager Airport/Airspace Planning
Airport Architect
Program Manager - Technical
Project Manager - Technical
Program Manager - Non-Technical
Project Manager - Non-Technical
Director Real Estate
Manager Real Estate/Concessions
Property Administrator
Properties Specialist 2
Properties Specialist 1
Manager Airport Construction
Airport Engineer
Construction Project Coordinator


Director Public Safety
Manager Airport Security 
Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Security Operations Specialist 2
Security Operations Specialist 1
Public Safety Chief
Public Safety Captain
Public Safety Officer
Airport Police Chief
Airport Police Captain
Airport Police Sergeant
Airport Canine Handler
Airport Police Officer
Airport Fire Chief
Airport Fire Captain
Airport Fire Lieutenant
Airport Fire Fighter
Airport Fire Fighter Paramedic

Safety Program Manager