Emergency Management Specialist Salary

Average Emergency Management Specialists in the United States make around $58K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The majority of Emergency Management Specialists (66 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,944 - $99,645
(Median)
$39K
$58K
$100K
MEDIAN: $58,472
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$15.20 - $37.75
(Median)
$15
$23
$38
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$38,944 - $99,645  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,878  
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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$35,531 - $98,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 250
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.20 - $37.75  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $49.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,878  
   
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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$35,531 - $98,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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Job Description for Emergency Management Specialist

For major emergencies and disasters, many people work together to minimize the disaster's impact through prevention, immediate response, and handing its aftermath; professionals involved include paramedics, firefighters, police officers, engineers, and others. Emergency management specialists are responsible for planning emergency response programs and coordinating the people on the ground. They work to predict the effects of various disasters and determine the optimal course of action when responding to them. They also take a more proactive approach to disaster management; for example, emergency management specialists plan evacuation routes in hurricane-prone areas and ensure that citizens are informed of these routes.

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Emergency Management Specialist Tasks

  • Prepare emergency situation status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments.
  • Keep informed of federal, state and local regulations affecting emergency plans, and ensure that plans adhere to these regulations.
  • Coordinate disaster response or crisis management activities such as ordering evacuations, opening public shelters, and implementing special needs plans and programs.
  • Design and administer emergency preparedness training courses that teach people how to effectively respond to major emergencies and disasters.

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Typical Emergency Management Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Emergency Response and Strategic Planning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Aptitude in Emergency Response tends to also indicate an understanding of Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Management Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $51K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $61K. Emergency Management Specialists see a median salary of $67K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $71K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Emergency Management Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$56,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Emergency Management Specialist Salaries

Emergency Response
up arrow 2%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$56,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 12%
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