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Flight Dispatcher Salary

Median pay for Flight Dispatchers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $50K per year. Total cash compensation to Flight Dispatchers bottoms out near $28K and approaches $84K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $6K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Flight Dispatchers who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of Flight Dispatchers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,294 - $93,999
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$94K
MEDIAN: $49,814
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50%
90%

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$11.56 - $24.78
(Median)
$12
$15
$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
$31,294 - $93,999  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,327  
Profit Sharing
$251.50 - $8,090  
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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$27,570 - $83,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $24.78  
   
Overtime
$17.69 - $60.00  
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
$251.50 - $8,090  
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).
)
$27,570 - $83,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. Flight Dispatchers see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $61K on average.

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Experience Affects Flight Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 12%