Salary for Emergency Management Directors

Also known as:  Director of Civil Defense, Disaster Response Director, Emergency Management System Director, Emergency Planner, Emergency Planning and Response Manager, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Emergency Services Director, Emergency Services Program Coordinator, EMS Director, Public Safety Director helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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When disasters strike or emergencies take place, effective management requires prior preparation. This is where emergency management directors come in - they are responsible for hiring, training and coordinating first responders, evaluating emergency and disaster plans for communities, hospitals, local governments, businesses and organizations, ensuring that plans are updated regularly to match federal, state and local regulations and that the needs of these entities in case of disaster or emergency are known. Emergency management directors also must incorporate lessons learned from previous emergencies into disaster and emergency management plans. This may involve suggesting changes to existing regulations, and frequently involves collaboration with other officials in order to assess the existing damage following an emergency or disaster scenario. They are also expected to possess grant-writing skills, and to apply for necessary funding following disasters. This occupation generally requires specialized training coupled with a Bachelor's degree, although in some cases emergency management directors have obtained Master's degrees, or only have their high school diploma or equivalent.

An Emergency Management Director can get a compensation on a scale from 56000 - 84000 depending on seniority levels. Emergency Management Directors will normally get a wage of Seventy One Thousand dollars per annum.

Emergency Management Directors receive the highest salary in California, where they can receive average wages of near $87020. People with these jobs are paid at the highest average level in Utilities, where they earn average wages of $87420.

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Emergency Management Directors tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $87,420
Utilities $84,180
Finance and Insurance $77,050
Management of Companies and Enterprises $76,590
Manufacturing $74,260
Transportation and Warehousing $71,850
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Public Administration $54,540
Health Care and Social Assistance $60,850
Other Services (except Public Administration) $62,840
Educational Services $68,450
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $70,550
Transportation and Warehousing $71,850