The average Aircraft Dispatcher in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $48K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Aircraft Dispatchers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$32,514 - $112,020
$33K
$48K
$110K
MEDIAN: $48,204
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$13.49 - $29.16
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$29
MEDIAN: $15.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$32,514 - $112,020  
   
Bonus
$608 - $5,918  
Profit Sharing
$12,500  
Total Pay (?
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$29,829 - $104,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$13.49 - $29.16  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $100.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$608 - $5,918  
   
Profit Sharing
$12,500  
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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$29,829 - $104,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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 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.
  • 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.

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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. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $37K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $48K. Aircraft Dispatchers see a median salary of $64K 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 $97K.

Key Stats for Aircraft Dispatcher

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Aircraft Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 116%

Experienced
up arrow 42%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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