Emergency Management Specialist Salary

Median pay for Emergency Management Specialists in the United States is around $59K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Emergency Management Specialists are male. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$37,480 - $100,139

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$15.22 - $37.54

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$37,480 - $100,139  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,787  
Total Pay (?
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$35,297 - $98,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.22 - $37.54  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $49.07  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $6,787  
   
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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$35,297 - $98,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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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Emergency Management Specialists report a narrow range of specific skills. Emergency Response and Strategic Planning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $50K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $61K. Emergency Management Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Emergency Management Specialist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $72K on average.

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Experience Affects Emergency Management Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$57,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Emergency Management Specialist Salaries

Emergency Response
up arrow 1%

Strategic Planning
0%

National Average
$57,000

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
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 12%
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