Flight Dispatcher Salary (United States)

For Flight Dispatchers, yearly wages usually total $45,622 per year. Pay starts at $27,588 and can approach $87,105 per year on the higher side. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. The greater part enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Flight Dispatchers are men (76 percent). The majority of Flight Dispatchers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Flight Dispatcher Salary (?
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$31,099 - $94,718
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $50,259
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Flight Dispatcher Salary (?
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$11.56 - $24.98
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$31,099 - $94,718  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,973  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $8,018  
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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$27,588 - $87,105  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $24.98  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $74.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $8,018  
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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$27,588 - $87,105  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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Job Description for Flight Dispatcher

  • Coordinate, schedule, and communicate with flight crew to ensure safety and inform of delays.
  • Ensure safe and legal procedures are followed from pre-flight to landing.
  • Coordinate daily logistics and flight logs, including tracking passengers, weight, and cargo on each flight.
  • Monitor weather, events, hotel availability, catering, and other services and obstacles.

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Pay by Experience Level for Flight Dispatcher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, pay rises to approximately $49K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $55K. Salaries grow more slowly as Flight Dispatchers approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $60K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 27 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 10 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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National Average
$46,000
Atlanta
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Flight Dispatchers, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 1 percent below the national average.

Experience Affects Flight Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%
Experienced
up arrow 21%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$46,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 14%
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