Aircraft Dispatchers in the United States can expect wages of $49K annually on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Male Aircraft Dispatchers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$32,831 - $104,141
(Median)
$33K
$49K
$100K
MEDIAN: $48,593
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$13.61 - $28.00
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$14
$15
$28
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$32,831 - $104,141  
   
Bonus
$608 - $11,836  
Profit Sharing
$12,000  
Total Pay (?
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$30,177 - $101,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$13.61 - $28.00  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $100.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$608 - $11,836  
   
Profit Sharing
$12,000  
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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$30,177 - $101,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Aircraft Dispatchers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $36K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $48K on average. On average, Aircraft Dispatchers make $55K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $80K.

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Experience Affects Aircraft Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 80%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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