Earnings for Flight Dispatchers in the United States come in at around $49K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Flight Dispatchers survey respondents are men (70 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, just under a fourth claim no health benefits at all. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,928 - $81,178
$25K
$49K
$81K
MEDIAN: $48,750
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90%

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$11.93 - $27.02
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MEDIAN: $16.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$24,928 - $81,178  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
Profit Sharing
$3.00  
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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$24,964 - $72,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $27.02  
   
Overtime
$13.95 - $50.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
   
Profit Sharing
$3.00  
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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$24,964 - $72,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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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 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.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Flight Dispatcher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Flight Dispatchers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $38K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $53K in this role. Flight Dispatchers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $56K on average.

Key Stats for Flight Dispatcher

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
040
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Flight Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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