Aircraft Dispatcher Salary

The average Aircraft Dispatcher in the United States earns approximately $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 the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Male Aircraft Dispatchers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (69 percent) are men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,956 - $91,947
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$31K
$48K
$92K
MEDIAN: $47,993
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$11.63 - $25.27
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$30,956 - $91,947  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,261  
Total Pay (?
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$28,521 - $86,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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 - $17,261  
   
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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$28,521 - $86,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $36K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $45K on average. Aircraft Dispatchers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $82K.

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Experience Affects Aircraft Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 91%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 13%
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