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Flight Dispatcher Salary (United States)

A typical Flight Dispatcher in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $50K annually. Total cash compensation to Flight Dispatchers varies from $28K to $87K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K each. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and most earn dental coverage. Making up 76 percent of the field, male Flight Dispatchers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Flight Dispatchers. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Flight Dispatcher Salary (?
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$31,099 - $94,718
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MEDIAN: $50,259
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Flight Dispatcher Salary (?
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$11.56 - $24.98
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$31,099 - $94,718  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,973  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $8,018  
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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$27,588 - $87,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $24.98  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $74.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $8,018  
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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$27,588 - $87,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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Job Description for Flight Dispatcher

  • 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.
For many Flight Dispatchers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Flight Dispatchers make a median salary of $55K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $60K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining close to a tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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National Average
$46,000
Atlanta
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Home to some of the best pay for Flight Dispatchers, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 16 percent above the national average. Falling short of the national average by 1 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta.
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Experience Affects Flight Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$46,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 14%