Median pay for Emergency Managers in the United States is around $66K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Emergency Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and more than half collect vision insurance. More than half of Emergency Managers (63 percent) survey respondents are men.

$40,186 - $101,636
(Median)
$40K
$66K
$100K
MEDIAN: $65,741
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$22.78 - $44.38
(Median)
$23
$33
$44
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$40,186 - $101,636  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,832  
Total Pay (?
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$40,484 - $101,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.78 - $44.38  
   
Overtime
$37.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,832  
   
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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$40,484 - $101,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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Job Description for Emergency Manager

Having an on-staff emergency manager can be highly beneficial for a company, yet there are many companies that do not employ them. This is a rapidly-growing field, and is highly recommended for individuals interested in the conservation of assets. Emergency managers have a wide range of tasks and responsibilities, and are sometimes referred to as "disaster managers."

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Emergency Manager Tasks

  • Draft template plans, policies and procedures for companies and organizations.
  • Provide technical support and assistance, and facilitation of plan development to companies and organizations in the planning process for Business Continuity, Emergency Operations, and Hazard Specific Response Plans.
  • Assist companies and organizations in meeting regulatory and auditing requirements around emergency management.
  • Research companies and organizations' current needs.
  • Maintains compliance with industry, national, regional and local regulations, standards and guidelines for emergency preparedness.

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Emergency Managers who move into an Emergency Management Specialist role may often bring in a much lower salary. On average, Emergency Management Specialists earn $52K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Manager

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


For Emergency Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $59K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $63K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $70K. 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 $85K.

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Experience Affects Emergency Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$66,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Emergency Manager Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 16%

Emergency Response
0%

Strategic Planning
0%

National Average
$66,000

Disaster Recovery
up arrow 18%

Project Management
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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