Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salary

The average Emergency Dispatcher in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $14.84 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.14 per hour and $22.32. The majority of Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers (60 percent) who took the survey are female. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$24,693 - $51,566
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$52K
MEDIAN: $35,394
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$10.14 - $22.32
(Median)
$10
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,693 - $51,566  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $514  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$22,580 - $51,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 221
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $22.32  
   
Overtime
$16.04 - $35.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $514  
   
Commission
$5,000  
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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$22,580 - $51,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 494
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher


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Though some Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers move into positions like Registered Nurse (where the average salary is $55K), this progression is not the norm. It is quite typical for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers to transition into roles as 911 Dispatchers or Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers, where reported median earnings are $2K and $12K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher


Job skills reported by Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers are limited. Most notably, skills in Emergency Medical Services, Telecommunications, Typing, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Telecommunications.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $31K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $35K. On average, Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers make $37K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Emergency Dispatcher with more than 20 years of experience can earn $46K on average.

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Experience Affects Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries


Telecommunications
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Typing
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Customer Service
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National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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