Flight Dispatcher Salary

Earnings for Flight Dispatchers in the United States come in at around $50K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Flight Dispatchers varies from $27K to $79K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K each. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. For the most part, Flight Dispatchers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Flight Dispatchers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,051 - $92,741
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$93K
MEDIAN: $49,617
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90%

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$11.43 - $24.59
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$30,051 - $92,741  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,751  
Profit Sharing
$3.30 - $8,027  
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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$27,271 - $78,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$11.43 - $24.59  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $61.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,751  
   
Profit Sharing
$3.30 - $8,027  
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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$27,271 - $78,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $37K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $48K. For Flight Dispatchers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Flight Dispatchers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $73K.

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Experience Affects Flight Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 62%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

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 38 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 11%
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