Aircraft Dispatcher Salary

Pay for Aircraft Dispatchers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $51K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The majority of Aircraft Dispatchers (69 percent) survey respondents are male. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$32,415 - $104,731
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$100K
MEDIAN: $50,979
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$11.80 - $24.94
(Median)
$12
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$32,415 - $104,731  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,750  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$29,002 - $93,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $24.94  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $77.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,750  
   
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
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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$29,002 - $93,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $37K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $68K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $84K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Aircraft Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 90%

Experienced
up arrow 54%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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