Aircraft Dispatcher Salary

Median pay for Aircraft Dispatchers in the United States is around $48K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Though the majority of Aircraft Dispatchers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,177 - $91,283

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$11.63 - $25.27

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$31,177 - $91,283  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,127  
Total Pay (?
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$28,647 - $86,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $25.27  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $75.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,127  
   
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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$28,647 - $86,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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.


For many Aircraft Dispatchers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $37K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $46K on average. Aircraft Dispatchers see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Aircraft Dispatchers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $80K.

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Experience Affects Aircraft Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 85%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 13%
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