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Aircraft Dispatcher Salary

For Aircraft Dispatchers, annual average wages total $49K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Aircraft Dispatchers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 69 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$30,450 - $89,468
(Median)
$30K
$49K
$89K
MEDIAN: $48,875
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50%
90%

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$10.72 - $25.49
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$30,450 - $89,468  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,261  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,292 - $86,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$10.72 - $25.49  
   
Overtime
$16.50 - $76.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,261  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,292 - $86,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32

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Job Description for Aircraft Dispatcher

An aircraft dispatcher typically works in commercial aviation, normally as part of a company that provides airplanes for passenger travel or freight delivery. The dispatcher is the person who works out the schedules and timetables for his or her company's aircraft at a particular airport or aviation company. The dispatcher typically is the person who files all flight plan information with ground authorities prior to takeoffs. Finally, he or she interacts with pilots and air traffic personnel to help make decisions on when to list flights as delayed or cancelled due to weather, mechanical problems, or general traffic concerns.

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Aircraft Dispatcher Tasks

  • Coordinate, schedule, and communicate with flight crew to ensure safety and inform of delays.
  • Ensure safe and legal procedures are followed from pre-flight to landing.
  • Coordinate daily logistics and flight logs, including tracking passengers, weight, and cargo on each flight.
  • Monitor weather, events, hotel availability, catering, and other services and obstacles.

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Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Dispatcher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Aircraft Dispatchers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $38K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $45K. On average, Aircraft Dispatchers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $78K on average.

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Experience Affects Aircraft Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 76%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 11%
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