Flight Dispatcher Salary

Flight Dispatchers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $50K annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $8K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $27K and hits $78K on the high end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Flight Dispatchers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Flight Dispatchers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,375 - $92,623

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$11.53 - $24.97

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$29,375 - $92,623  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,812  
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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$26,743 - $78,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$11.53 - $24.97  
   
Overtime
$17.54 - $61.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,812  
   
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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$26,743 - $78,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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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.


For many Flight Dispatchers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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. Flight Dispatchers bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $73K.

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Experience Affects Flight Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 64%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 11%
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