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When you’re looking into a new career, you not only inquire about how to become an aircraft dispatcher, but one of the first things you research is the average income. After all, you’d want to see how you would be making a living over time and if you’ll be paid enough. The pay varies depending on the location as well as the size of the airline. As one of the longest-running aircraft dispatcher schools in the nation, our team at our aviation school thoroughly explains the aircraft dispatcher pay.

How Much Does an Aircraft Dispatcher Make?

Aircraft dispatchers at express airlines earn an average income of $40,000 for new-hires and usually increase up to $60,000. Top airlines pay an average around $60,000 for new-hires and seasoned aircraft dispatchers earn up to $150,000 annually. Also, both express and top airlines give aircraft dispatchers opportunities to explore different facets of their offices and take on training for “Specially Qualified” desks. Such specialized positions usually have abilities that push the aircraft dispatcher pay even higher.

Aircraft dispatcher positions in the airline industry tend to be based on seniority and are worked in shifts. Potential aircraft dispatchers usually work all shifts, including late nights and holidays until they reach a level of seniority that allows them to work preferable shifts.

The job market for aircraft dispatchers varies from time to time and it depends on the need for the position to be filled in the industry. Express airlines tend to be the jump-off for prospective aircraft dispatchers who are looking to start their careers immediately after graduating from dispatch schools such as Sheffield. Major airlines tend to hire from within and require applicants to have extensive experience to be considered for aircraft dispatcher positions.

Benefits & Perks

Along with the knowledge about how much an aircraft dispatcher makes, the additional benefits are also a topic for discussion. Almost all aircraft dispatcher positions come with benefits like medical, dental, and life insurance as well as stock purchase options and retirement plans. [1] Several airlines also provide complimentary flight perks for their aircraft dispatchers as well as free or low-priced fares for their families.

Additionally, depending on the airline, aircraft dispatchers receive perks such as cockpit jump seat authority, hotel discounts, credit unions, and much more. 


When applying for an aircraft dispatcher position, one should not expect a job offer without extensive training and experience. Applicants often think about finding dispatcher jobs at major airlines, but it should be noted that larger companies usually only consider applicants with a minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience. When you take our 5-week aircraft dispatcher course, you’ll learn the fundamentals to catapult you into your dream career. To get started on your journey to become an aircraft dispatcher, contact a member of our staff to learn more about starting your dream job. The sky’s the limit!



[1] ATP Flight School – Aircraft Dispatcher Training Program

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    “If you want to be the best, first you need to be trained by the best!” P. Hill P.Hill – DHL
    “After receiving my certificate, I joined a class of 4 experienced dispatchers for Part 121 initial training. Without experience, my preparation at Sheffield enabled me to become active at the same time after the initial training.” PR PR
    “I am a graduate of the Sheffield’s Dispatcher Program. I have been a Captain-Part 121 Airline, Certified Flight/Grnd Instructor, and FAA Designated Check Airman and Sim Instructor (Part 121). From my experience I would rate Sheffield School as outstanding in their field.” PT PT
    “This school came highly recommended by multiple past students and EVEN OTHERS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS. Reputation is fantastic from multiple companies that I have worked for.” A. – September 2020
    “I entered my profession, with more knowledge and information than dispatchers who have been practicing their craft for more than ten years. Not only has Sheffield provided a top notch education, but they have also instilled in me the confidence to succeed.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
    “I am a month into my new job at a airline coming out of reorganization, and am helping the training department by referencing the excellent and up to date course book provided to all Sheffield grads.” RW RW
    “As a graduate of Sheffield School of Aeronautics I am a firm believer that I received the most thorough and well thought out aircraft dispatcher training available. I owe my position in the industry to Sheffield School of Aeronautics.” BF Sidebar BF
    “My experience at Sheffield and my exposure to other aircraft dispatchers that did not go to Sheffield has resulted in an awareness of the superior depth and quality of the training provided by the Sheffield instructors.” CD Sidebar CD
    “While touring my company’s dispatch department before I had my license our OCC manager pointed out that 7 of the 10 dispatchers on shift had come from Sheffield. The overall consensus was that Sheffield grads were able to hit the ground running as they were better prepared.” K.O. Sidebar K.O.
    “I wanted to tell you I got the job offer from Expressjet, and start next month! I think a couple others from class were hired as well. It just shows the Sheffield reputation when I see graduates from other schools complaining that they can’t get an interview – I wasn’t even back home to Minneapolis […] Dan Gustafson
    “Sheffield School of Aeronautics is a highly recognized and respected organization throughout the airline industry. They only produce the highest quality of graduate…” P.W. Sidebar PW
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    “Their reputation of excellence amongst the industry is second to none. Sheffield School of Aeronautics should be seen as the standard of how it can be done and how it should be done. I was hired at a major airline with no dispatch experience.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
    “This was an amazing class! Always interesting! It was like drinking from a fire hose, but I have never enjoyed a course more than this one. Thank you for a great 5 weeks & EWINS!” R.S. R.S. Testimonial – 5-weeks & EWINS
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