Emergency Manager Salary

Median pay for Emergency Managers in the United States is around $62K annually. Career duration 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. Emergency Managers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$41,401 - $96,423
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$96K
MEDIAN: $62,438
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$15.10 - $45.62
(Median)
$15
$34
$46
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,401 - $96,423  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
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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$40,863 - $96,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $45.62  
   
Overtime
$0.07 - $89.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
   
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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$40,863 - $96,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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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Survey results suggest that Emergency Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Operations Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management and Disaster Recovery. Employees educated in Emergency Response are typically practiced in Strategic Planning, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Manager

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


For many Emergency Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $55K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Emergency Managers make a median salary of $71K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $80K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Emergency Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$64,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Emergency Manager Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 20%

Emergency Response
0%

National Average
$64,000

Strategic Planning
up arrow 2%

Disaster Recovery
up arrow 15%

Project Management
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 14%
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