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Flight Dispatcher Salary (United States)

Earnings for Flight Dispatchers in the United States come in at around $50K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Flight Dispatchers ranges from $28K on the lower end to $89K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $8K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level 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. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Flight Dispatchers. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Flight Dispatchers who answered the questionnnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Flight Dispatcher Salary (?
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$32,073 - $94,659
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $50,397
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Flight Dispatcher Salary (?
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$11.49 - $25.04
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$32,073 - $94,659  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,679  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $8,054  
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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$27,951 - $88,833  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.49 - $25.04  
   
Overtime
$17.82 - $73.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,679  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $8,054  
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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$27,951 - $88,833  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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.
Flight Dispatchers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $38K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $49K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Flight Dispatchers make a median salary of $55K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $72K.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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National Average
$46,000
Atlanta
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Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Flight Dispatchers, 15 percent above the national average. Trailing the national average by 2 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks.
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Experience Affects Flight Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$46,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
26%
female alumni
 
Male
74%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 12%