Since Rhode Island is the smallest state in the U.S., the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA), currently has only 30 directors on staff to handle the disasters or emergencies that arise in the state. The majority of the emergency response positions are headquartered at the Providence center for emergency management; however, Fall River and Warwick have several offices of emergency management, as well, in addition to offices located in less populated areas of the state.
Those interested in pursuing a position as a director for RIEMA will find the average annual salary at mid-career in Rhode Island to be $72,050. Salaries for emergency management directors tend to be higher in the Providence area than other locations in the state. When worked out per hour, this equates to approximately $34.64 per hour.
Those new to the job will fall within the 10th percentile of workers, who can expect to earn, approximately $17,960 per year. For those in the last years of the career, the salary can reach $138,530 per year on average. This provides motivation for most workers to continue their on the job training and certifications to reach this higher salary level.
The information shown in this table was furnished by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and represents salary data for HAZMAT workers and emergency management directors in Rhode Island’s three biggest cities.