There is no question that when a disaster strikes you see a number of police officers and firefighters on scene. However, there are a large number of individuals behind the scenes that make this response possible. Emergency management specialists have a number of duties including developing disaster response plans, train others in the organization for emergency and disaster preparedness and coordinate with a number of other emergency personnel.
After certain events that affected the U.S. on a national scale, the services of emergency management workers have become more valued, resulting in higher salaries for these individuals. Each day, even in non-disaster situations there is a certain amount of stress that these individuals are under to ensure that they, as well as all other responders, are ready to handle the next disaster in the area.
The average annual salary of these individuals in the emergency management division for Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area ranges at $66, 030 with the hourly salary being approximately $31.75. For those in the 90th percentile of workers the annual salary is around $97,080. This is a substantial increase from the otherwise entry level earnings that are possible.
The information shown in this table was furnished by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and represents salary data for emergency management directors in Maine’s major cities.