Emergency Management Directors
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Plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies or hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations.
Titles for this career often contain these words
EmergencyDirectorSpecialistManagementPreparednessCivilOfficerDisasterResponseCoordinatorProgramDefenseRecoveryConsultantSystemEMSPlannerPlanningManagerServicesHazardMitigationHomelandSecurityHostageNegotiatorPublicSafetyRelocation
Education
About 61% of emergency management directors have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by emergency management directors
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More emergency management directors have bachelor's degrees than 74% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Emergency management directors, with 9,900 workers, form a smaller workforce than 87% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for emergency management directors are expected to grow by 5%, and should have about 900 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Emergency management directors are less likely to be automated than 96% of other careers.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for emergency management directors compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most emergency management directors earn.
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Gender
Women account for 29% of emergency management directors -- that's a smaller percentage than 58% of other jobs.
Gender of emergency management directors
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For emergency management directors, the median men's salary was 4% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 18% of emergency management directors are minority, and 6% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of emergency management directors
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (6%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Emergency Management Directors per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of emergency management directors who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (72%)
  • Consequence of Error (48%)
  • Time Pressure (48%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do emergency management directors earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries. This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for emergency management directors (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for emergency management directors (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire emergency management directors.
Employers of Emergency Management Directors (ACS)
Private for-profit (13.0%)
Private not-for-profit (7.2%)
Local government (24.7%)
State government (15.5%)
Federal government (38.1%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.4%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.1%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of emergency management directors by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$67K$65K$68K$82K$59K$74K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of emergency management directors by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for emergency management directors

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
$89K$64K$68K$75K$84K$49K$76K$58K$0$50K$100K$150K20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Emergency management directors and gender

With 29% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 58% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Emergency management directors
Men (71%)
Women (29%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%. The situation is better for emergency management directors, with the median salary for men only 4.5% higher than the median salary for women.

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Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Emergency management directors have one of the smaller inequity calculations, with the increase for men's median salary over women's median salary in this job lower than that for 87% of other jobs.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of emergency management directors

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a smaller percentage of minority emergency management directors than for 59% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of emergency management directors
White (81% )
Black (9% )
Multiracial (4% )
Asian (3% )
Other (2% )
American Indian (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
Pacific Islander (1% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for emergency management directors by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for emergency management directors by nativity
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Emergency management directors and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 6% part-time workers, this occupation has a lower percentage of part-time workers than 71% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

We only have enough data to accuarately show the salary distribution for full-time workers.

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Pathways to this career
Education attained by emergency management directors

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), emergency management directors typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as emergency management directors as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for emergency management directors

Emergency management directors typically need a bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, accounting, finance, emergency management, or public health. Some directors working in the private sector in the area of business continuity management may need to have a degree in computer science, information systems administration, or another information technology (IT) field.

Some smaller municipalities or local governments may hire applicants who have just a high school diploma. However, these applicants usually need extensive work experience in emergency management if they are to be hired.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for emergency management directors

Some states require directors obtain certification within a certain timeframe after being hired in the position.

Many agencies and states offer voluntary certificate programs to help emergency management directors obtain additional skills. Some employers may prefer or even require a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), or equivalent designation. Emergency management directors can attain the CEM designation through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM); the certification must be renewed every 5 years. The CBCP designation is given by the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) and must be renewed every 2 years.

Both associations require applicants to complete a certain number of continuing education courses prior to recertification.

Education attained by emergency management directors
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for emergency management directors? Below we see the distribution of emergency management directors salaries based on the education attained.

$63K$60K$67K$92K$0$50K$100K$150KSome College (20%)Associate's/Cert. (13%)Bachelor's Degree (38%)Master's Degree (21%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

College majors held by emergency management directors

This table shows the college majors held by people working as emergency management directors.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Percentage of Emergency management directors with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers

With the following sankey diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as emergency management directors, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. We hope this provides ideas for similar jobs and similar fields of study.

Police OfficersSpecialized ManagersProbation Officers and Co...Security Guards and Gambl...Lawyers, and judges, magi...Correctional Officers and...Specialized Social Worker...Detectives and Criminal I...Elementary and Middle Sch...First-Line Supervisors of...Accountants and AuditorsFinancial ManagersFirst-Line Supervisors of...Wholesale and Manufacturi...Chief executives and legi...Labor Relations Specialis...First-Line Supervisors of...Customer Service Represen...Education and childcare a...Secretaries and Administr...Retail SalespersonsPhysiciansPostsecondary TeachersDentistsRegistered NursesSpecialized Physical Scie...Specialized Life Scientis...Medical and Clinical Labo...PharmacistsSecondary School TeachersManagement AnalystsMarketing ManagersNurse Practitioners and N...Medical and Health Servic...Nurse AnesthetistsNursing AssistantsLicensed Practical and Li...First-Line Supervisors of...Medical Records Specialis...Paralegals and Legal Assi...Criminal Justice and FireProtectionBusiness Management andAdministrationLiberal ArtsBiologyHistoryGeneral BusinessCommunicationsNursingHealth and MedicalAdministrative ServicesPolitical Science andGovernmentAll other degreesThis jobTop 10 majorsEach major's top ten jobs
What college major is your best entry?

About 61% of people working as emergency management directors have at least a bachelor's degree. Each dot represents a college major leading to these jobs, with the dots to the right representing the majors sending the most of their grads into this career. The dots at the top are the majors who earn the most working in this career.

Darker colors have a larger percentage with graduate degreesOverall median salary0.0%2.0%4.0%6.0%8.0%10.0%12.0%14.0%16.0%Percentage with this major$50,000$60,000$70,000$80,000$90,000$100,000$110,000$120,000$130,000Median salary with this major
Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most emergency management directors? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as emergency management directors. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Emergency Management Directors per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where emergency management directors earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for emergency management directors compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for emergency management directors.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Emergency Management Directors (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which emergency management directors earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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