Emergency Management Specialist Salary

The average Emergency Management Specialist in the United States earns approximately $58K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Men make up the majority of Emergency Management Specialists (67 percent) survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,206 - $97,787
(Median)
$39K
$58K
$98K
MEDIAN: $57,631
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$15.15 - $38.24
(Median)
$15
$23
$38
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,206 - $97,787  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,904  
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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$35,884 - $96,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.15 - $38.24  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,904  
   
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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$35,884 - $96,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56

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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 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. Emergency Response and Strategic Planning are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Management Specialist

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $51K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $60K. On average, Emergency Management Specialists make $65K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $64K.

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Experience Affects Emergency Management Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$56,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Emergency Management Specialist Salaries

Emergency Response
up arrow 3%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 2%

National Average
$56,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 11%