May 23, 2019
So the question that everyone is asking is how much a dispatcher makes. Well, there are a few different variables that go into pay. First off, many of these dispatcher jobs are unionized. This means that pay, hours worked and benefits will affect the overall compensation package. It is not as cut and dry as making “X” per hour.
Another consideration is the location. Depending on where you work the pay can vary greatly. Many of these jobs are located in large cities where the airline operates. This can cause the cost of living to be very high for a dispatcher. But just like pilots, a dispatcher can commute to work (via their flight benefits) and keep the cost of living much lower.
Finally, the last and probably biggest factor is the experience level. Just like airline pilots many dispatchers have to start out working for a non-121 carrier or small regional airline to gain experience. This typically results in lower pay. So the more time with the company the more money you will make.
Let’s take a look at some of the numbers…..
Small nonunion regional airline – starting pay is $16 and topping out at $21.
Small unionized regional airline – starting pay is $16 and topping out at $26.
Small unionized low-cost carrier – starting pay is $27 and topping out at $45.
Large unionized low-cost carrier – stating pay is $26 and topping out at $64.
Large unionized carrier – starting pay is $34 and topping out at $67.
Just like pilots, dispatchers have to pay their “dues” and work up to the higher paying jobs. You can’t start out making six figures day one. But if you are lucky and make the right moves a six-figure job with flight benefits, union protection and an excellent schedule is very much in play.
Keywords: Career, Aircraft Dispatcher, Pay, Union, Cost of Living, Carrier, 121