Flight Dispatcher Salary

Median pay for Flight Dispatchers in the United States is around $50K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $8K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $26K and hits $82K on the high end. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Flight Dispatchers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Most Flight Dispatchers survey respondents are men (76 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,558 - $91,128
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$91K
MEDIAN: $49,876
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$11.12 - $25.60
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$11
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$29,558 - $91,128  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,256  
Profit Sharing
$3.21 - $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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$26,418 - $82,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$11.12 - $25.60  
   
Overtime
$16.64 - $60.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,256  
   
Profit Sharing
$3.21 - $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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$26,418 - $82,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $48K. On average, Flight Dispatchers make $54K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $69K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Flight Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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