Aircraft Dispatcher Salary & Other Important Information

The current median for an Aircraft Dispatcher Salary is $32,160, based on survey reports. Aircraft Dispatcher salaries vary on experience. These are the average salaries based on experience and time in this field.

Aircraft Dispatcher Salaries:

  • Entry Level: $20,000-$25,000
  • Mid-Career: $35,000-$45,000
  • Executive Salary: $90,000-$130,000

There is quite a difference in earnings for an entry level dispatcher and an executive level dispatcher. This difference in salary is due to not only seniority, but also airline companies. An experienced aircraft dispatcher who works for a top airline can expect to earn as much as $150,000 a year, while taking advantage of overtime.

What to expect:

Starting Out: According to the Airline Dispatcher Federation, an inexperienced aircraft dispatcher at an entry-level carrier can expect to earn upwards of $29,000 per year. This earning is based off a full-time work schedule consisting of eight-hour shifts, five days a week. As an entry-level dispatcher, you should expect to work some holiday and night shifts. Some junior dispatchers can expect to receive an hourly wage in the beginning of their career. For more information on what you can expect when embarking on your aircraft dispatching career, check out Sheffield School or Aeronautics’ A Day in the Life of an Aircraft Dispatcher.

A Few Years in: This is the time to gain experience, knowledge, and seniority to land a job with a top airline. Some aircraft dispatchers might expect to have moved into airline operation centers for some of the bigger brand names., but major airlines won’t hire applicants who have not had years of experience at a smaller airline. Dispatchers who are mid-career can excel by training for more specifically qualified jobs or company select positions. Once you have found a job at a major airline, you can expect loyalty and the perks of a traditional career. Airlines respect seniority and employees have the benefit of promotions. The average aircraft dispatcher salary is roughly $35,000; though this does not account for the number of junior dispatchers as compared to experienced dispatchers; skewing the numbers.

Height of Career: The height of a dispatcher’s career is reaching the supervisory role of a major airline. Senior dispatchers can expect to see a dramatic change in their salary and be on the high scale of a dispatcher’s income. Most senior level aircraft dispatchers can enjoy a more flexible schedule such as four consecutive work days and four days off the job. Shifts are adjusted accordingly to maintain a full-time schedule.

What is the Job Market for an Aircraft Dispatcher?

As in most career fields, when graduating from a prestigious and reputable school a student can expect to land a job without difficulty. However, it is not usual or expected for an aircraft dispatcher to find employment at a major airline until working for a couple of years in the field.

Although it is not common for mid-sized airlines to hire entry-level dispatchers, lower-level applicants can apply to work as assistants. By entering a mid-sized airline early on it is a great jumpstart.


Aircraft dispatchers are not excluded from participating in internships. Internships are available in many airlines and are a great opportunity to start gaining your experience and to gain entry in a company.

If beginning a career in aircraft dispatching is something that interests you, take a look at the courses offered by Sheffield School of Aeronautics or contact us for more information.


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