Emergency Management Specialist Salary

Emergency Management Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $57K per year on average. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Emergency Management Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Male Emergency Management Specialists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$36,355 - $96,671
(Median)
$36K
$57K
$97K
MEDIAN: $56,928
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$14.71 - $32.25
(Median)
$15
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$36,355 - $96,671  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,543  
Profit Sharing
$100.00  
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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$35,150 - $93,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 300
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $32.25  
   
Overtime
$16.11 - $47.51  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,543  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00  
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).
)
$35,150 - $93,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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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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Survey takers who work as Emergency Management Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Emergency Response, Strategic Planning, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Operations Management, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Strategic Planning is a skill commonly found among those who know Emergency Response.

Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Management Specialist

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


For many Emergency Management Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $59K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $65K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $70K.

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Experience Affects Emergency Management Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Emergency Management Specialist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Emergency Response
0%

National Average
$55,000

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

Operations Management
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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