Emergency Manager Salary

Emergency Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — roughly one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $41K to $100K per year, median earnings come to $63K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Emergency Managers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Work is enjoyable for Emergency Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,963 - $98,949
(Median)
$41K
$63K
$99K
MEDIAN: $62,866
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50%
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$15.46 - $45.15
(Median)
$15
$32
$45
MEDIAN: $32.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,963 - $98,949  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,256  
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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$40,600 - $100,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $45.15  
   
Overtime
$0.14 - $58.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,256  
   
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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$40,600 - $100,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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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Professional skills reported by Emergency Managers are few in number. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Emergency Response, Strategic Planning, and Disaster Recovery are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management, Disaster Recovery, and Strategic Planning. Those with knowledge of Emergency Response tend to be skilled in Strategic Planning as well.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $57K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $60K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $71K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $80K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Emergency Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$65,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Emergency Manager Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 20%

National Average
$65,000

Emergency Response
up arrow 1%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 4%

Disaster Recovery
up arrow 16%

Project Management
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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