A typical airline has many different jobs and professions that, combined, contribute to its success. For the safety of all involved, it is important for any airline crew member to be well-trained in aeronautics. One important job of the airline industry is that of an aircraft dispatcher. An aircraft dispatcher creates a flight plan for each aircraft’s journey, and is in direct contact with the flight’s captain. Aircraft dispatchers are responsible for the safety of the flight and compensation for their hard work can be rewarded with great benefits.
- While entry-level aircraft dispatchers can earn $24,000 to $30,000 annually, a senior aircraft dispatcher with a great deal of experience and knowledge from local schools of aeronautics, can earn up to $110,000 annually. Generally, the sliding scale for an aircraft dispatcher is $12.00 to $15.75 per hour.
- Free or reduced-rate travel. Like many airline employees, the benefits of free travel is all too typical. Depending on the airline, an airline dispatcher and their immediate family can receive the benefit of free or reduced travel throughout the year.
- Hotel/rental car discounts. Aircraft dispatchers and their families can also benefit from steep travel discounts, to hotels and car rentals.
- Health/dental insurance. Airlines usually offer their aircraft dispatchers a great health and dental insurance plan, as well as a retirement plan that suits their needs.
Aircraft dispatchers’ salaries and benefits can add up to a relatively generous compensation package. While their duties consist of hard work and responsibility, the benefits are immense.