Flight Dispatcher Salary
|Salary||$24,928 - $81,178|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,106|
|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).)
|$24,964 - $72,960|
|Hourly Rate||$11.93 - $27.02|
|Overtime||$13.95 - $50.46|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,106|
|Total Pay (||$24,964 - $72,960|
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.Read More...
Some of a flight dispatcher's duties involve planning and analysis, as well. They must take into account flight times and the individual availability and layouts of airports when developing plans and schedules for commercial flights. The job may get tricky in that it requires dispatchers to accurately project variables, such as weather or passenger volume, which may affect various paths and destinations.
Because a single cancelled or delayed flight can affect other connections and travel plans, dispatchers must be able to think quickly to make decisions which affect not only flight crews, but also the passengers who have paid to fly. In all situations, dispatchers are expected to make the most efficient decisions while taking into account all applicable regulations and ensuring the safety of everyone aboard the aircraft.
Aspiring flight dispatchers should typically have a post-secondary school degree or certification in a specialized program. Some airlines may prefer candidates with degrees in meteorologic sciences, as well. Flight dispatchers typically work in transportation offices/facilities and under great time-constraints with numerous distractions, so the abilities to remain calm, organized, and think clearly under pressure are important. Flight dispatchers work at all hours of the day and night, but are typically assigned regular shifts.
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.
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