Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salary

Average Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers in the United States make around $14.87 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,008 - $56,611
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$57K
MEDIAN: $39,726
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$10.19 - $21.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,008 - $56,611  
   
Bonus
$509  
Total Pay (?
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$22,591 - $51,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $21.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.31 - $33.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$509  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,591 - $51,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 257

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Job Description for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher

Police/fire/ambulance dispatchers perform a very crucial function in society. As such, they are required to possess a number of unique traits, particularly the ability to remain calm under pressure. They will be responding to emergency calls on a daily basis, many of which are life-or-death situations, so it is imperative that they remain rational and maintain communication. A college degree is not usually required, as employers place more emphasis on prior work experience.

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Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Tasks

  • Obtain incoming information and dispatch Police Officers, Emergency Medical and Fire personnel.
  • Maintain exact times and information on radio shift log.
  • Operate emergency communication and computer equipment such as radio, telephone, local alarm systems and paging systems.

Common Career Paths for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher


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Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $56K annually. Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as 911 Dispatchers or Police Dispatchers. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher


Survey takers who work as Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Emergency Medical Services, Telecommunications, Customer Service, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Typing. Those educated in Telecommunications tend to be well versed in Customer Service and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Pay by Experience Level for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher

Pay by Experience for a Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher has a positive trend. An entry-level Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 185 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 80 salaries. An experienced Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 74 salaries. A Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 30 salaries.

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Key Stats for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries

▲38%

▲8%

▲6%

National Average
$34,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries



National Average
$34,000


▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 16%
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