Emergency Management Salaries

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Emergency management jobs can be found at all levels of government, from large, federal agencies, such as FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, to small, local police and fire departments. Emergency management jobs are also found in nearly every setting, from private companies, such as consulting or engineering firms, to non-profit organizations, such as the Salvation Army or the American Red Cross. Because of this, salaries for these professionals can vary widely.

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Job opportunities in the field of emergency management, however, are swiftly rising, and recent salary statistics reflect the demand for educated and skilled emergency management professionals.


Emergency Management Directors

Emergency management directors, as of May 2012, earned a median annual salary of $59,700, with the top 10 percent of earners in this field earning $107,810.

The states with the highest number of emergency management directors (and their annual, mean wages), during the same period, were:

  1. California $97,450
  2. Texas $64,380
  3. Pennsylvania $53,590
  4. New York $75,710
  5. Illinois $43,760

Further, the top-paying states for emergency management directors (and their annual, mean wages), according to the BLS, were:

  1. California $97,450
  2. Florida $83,560
  3. New Jersey $83,100
  4. Nevada $81,870
  5. Virginia $81,090

Emergency Management Specialists

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2009, reported the median, annual salary of emergency management specialists in the United States to be $52,590, with the top 10 percent earning $90,340.

The states with the highest number of emergency management specialists (and their annual, mean wages), during the same period, were:

  1. Mississippi $39,220
  2. South Dakota $37,060
  3. North Dakota $44,090
  4. Nebraska $58,150
  5. Wyoming $44,850

The top-paying states for emergency management specialists (and their annual, mean wages), during the same period, were:

  1. California $78,650
  2. Massachusetts $75,570
  3. Virginia $72,710
  4. Maryland $68,870
  5. Oregon $66,760

Emergency Management Salaries across the Country

Current figures for emergency management job openings across the country highlight the variations in earnings for this profession:

Virginia

  • Emergency Coordinator Manager I: $40,959 – $84,062
  • Emergency Coordinator Manager II: $53,510 – $109,818
  • Emergency Coordinator Manager III $69,907 – $143,470

State of California

  • Emergency Services Coordinator, Office of Emergency Services: $44,976 – $65,436

State of Minnesota

  • Emergency Management Director: median, $63,772, top 10 percent $112,320

Broward County, Florida

  • Assistant Director, Emergency Management Division: $67,032 – $109,932

State of Alabama

  • Emergency Management Planner: $32,287 – $51,376

Gaithersburg, Maryland

  • Emergency Management Coordinator: $60,537 – $94,011

Lake County, Illinois

  • Emergency Management Coordinator: $67,641 – $85,080

Anaheim, California

  • Emergency Management Coordinator: $76,652 – $110,187

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) furnished the salary data on emergency management directors found in this table:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
130
63230
Arizona
110
71880
Arkansas
160
41340
California
780
97450
Colorado
130
72660
Connecticut
150
71910
Florida
150
83460
Georgia
260
60700
Hawaii
70
55660
Idaho
90
71310
Illinois
420
43760
Indiana
250
41700
Iowa
260
53300
Kansas
170
45830
Kentucky
150
46120
Louisiana
210
63040
Maine
80
62050
Maryland
160
76910
Massachusetts
150
67230
Michigan
160
70180
Minnesota
170
71100
Mississippi
240
46660
Missouri
290
41270
Montana
60
45700
Nebraska
120
46150
Nevada
40
81870
New Hampshire
60
46930
New Jersey
400
83100
New Mexico
70
72120
New York
450
75710
North Carolina
220
67870
North Dakota
80
51480
Ohio
280
63250
Oklahoma
230
54100
Oregon
90
74590
Pennsylvania
470
53590
Puerto Rico
140
34560
Rhode Island
30
72050
South Carolina
190
56660
South Dakota
90
40670
Tennessee
200
67370
Texas
680
64380
Utah
120
60430
Vermont
30
64640
Virginia
370
81090
Washington
160
78260
West Virginia
100
48070
Wisconsin
130
60600
Wyoming
50
54300

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