Salary for Emergency Management Directors

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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. Sign up in our career community today!

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.

A Emergency Management Director can expect a wage between $42,230 and $142,870 depending on experience and domain knowledge. can receive an average pay level of eigthy-four thousand three hundred and ten dollars annually.

are paid at the highest level in District of Columbia, where they get job pay of close to $126,400. People with this job title have the most lucrative average salary level in Other Services (except Public Administration), which has normal pay levels of $129,920.

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Emergency Management Directors tend to make the most in the following industries:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Finance and Insurance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Public Administration
Transportation and Warehousing
Health Care and Social Assistance
Educational Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
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