Flight Dispatcher Salary (United States)

Flight Dispatchers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $45,622 annually. Compensation starts at $27,588 and can reach $87,105 per year. Total cash compensation to Flight Dispatchers bottoms out near $31,099 and approaches $94,718 on the high end; the bigger paychecks include approximately $7,973 from bonuses and almost $8,018 from profit sharing. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a majority have vision insurance, as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Flight Dispatchers. Most Flight Dispatchers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Flight Dispatcher Salary (?
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$31,099 - $94,718
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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  
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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.
Flight Dispatchers generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. New salaries start at $37K and reach $49K in five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $55K. As Flight Dispatchers reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $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, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 10 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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National Average
$46,000
Atlanta
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Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Flight Dispatchers in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 1 percent below the national average.

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 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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