Emergency Management Specialist Salary (United States)

Emergency Management Specialists in the United States typically take home $54,989 per year. Pay begins at $35,077 on the low end and climbs to $101,231 per year near the top. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Emergency Management Specialists. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Emergency Management Specialist Salary (?
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$38,080 - $101,090
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MEDIAN: $56,703
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Emergency Management Specialist Salary (?
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$14.87 - $39.82
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$38,080 - $101,090  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,109  
Total Pay (?
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$35,077 - $101,231  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $39.82  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,109  
   
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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$35,077 - $101,231  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Management Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Emergency Management Specialists, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Salaries start at $49K, which grows to $60K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $66K after 10 to 20 years. Emergency Management Specialists who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $68K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 2 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

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Experience Affects Emergency Management Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%
Experienced
up arrow 20%
Mid-Career
up arrow 10%
National Average
$55,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Emergency Management Specialist Salaries

Strategic Planning
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Emergency Response
0%
National Average
$55,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
30%
female alumni
 
Male
70%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 13%
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