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Emergency Management Specialist Salary

The average Emergency Management Specialist in the United States earns approximately $56K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Emergency Management Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Male Emergency Management Specialists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$38,395 - $98,422
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MEDIAN: $56,487
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$15.10 - $38.54
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$38,395 - $98,422  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,000  
Total Pay (?
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$35,278 - $97,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 237
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $38.54  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $49.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,000  
   
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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$35,278 - $97,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 53
United States (change)

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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Emergency Management Specialists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Emergency Response and Strategic Planning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Many workers who know Emergency Response also know Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Management Specialist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Emergency Management Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $49K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $61K. For Emergency Management Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $63K. Emergency Management Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $65K on average.

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Experience Affects Emergency Management Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Emergency Management Specialist Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 4%

Emergency Response
up arrow 4%

National Average
$55,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 13%