Emergency Manager Salary

Median pay for Emergency Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $62K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. More than half of Emergency Managers (68 percent) survey respondents are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$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: 2 Jul 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: 2 Jul 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 show that Emergency Managers use a fair number of skills. Fortunate workers who know Operations Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management and Disaster Recovery. Emergency Response and Strategic Planning are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Manager

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


Emergency Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $54K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $71K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Emergency Manager generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $81K.

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Experience Affects Emergency Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$64,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Emergency Manager Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 20%

Emergency Response
up arrow 1%

National Average
$64,000

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

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
19%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 14%
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