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Flight Dispatcher Salary

Pay for Flight Dispatchers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $50K annually. In the world of Flight Dispatchers, overall income ranges from $28K near the bottom to $84K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Flight Dispatchers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Male Flight Dispatchers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,124 - $94,322
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$94K
MEDIAN: $50,160
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90%

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$11.69 - $24.71
(Median)
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$31,124 - $94,322  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,327  
Profit Sharing
$3.30 - $8,027  
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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$27,542 - $84,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $24.71  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $60.40  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,327  
   
Profit Sharing
$3.30 - $8,027  
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).
)
$27,542 - $84,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77

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Job Description for Flight Dispatcher

Flight dispatchers are among the key individuals who ensure that all airline flights run on-schedule. They are employed by airlines to set up scheduling and flight plans for various aircraft using a variety of criteria, and must ensure that each flight crew has a safe and efficient plan to get from one airport facility to another.

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Flight Dispatcher Tasks

  • 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $37K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $48K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $72K on average.

 
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Experience Affects Flight Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 61%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 11%
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