Emergency Management Specialist Salary

An average Emergency Management Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $57K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. For the most part, Emergency Management Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 64 percent of Emergency Management Specialists are male. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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).
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$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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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. Aptitude in Emergency Response tends to also indicate an understanding of Strategic Planning.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $50K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $59K. Emergency Management Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $65K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $70K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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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