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Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salary (United States)

Earnings for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers in the United States come in at around $14.62 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $10.15 per hour and $22.11. Job satisfaction for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers is high. More than half of Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers (61 percent) survey participants are women. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salary (?
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$23,500 - $52,875
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MEDIAN: $34,638
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$10.15 - $22.11
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
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$23,500 - $52,875  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,001  
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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$22,171 - $51,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 295
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.15 - $22.11  
   
Overtime
$15.70 - $35.45  
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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$0.00 - $1,001  
   
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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$22,171 - $51,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 690
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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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As Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses on average earn $55K per year. Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers or Police Dispatchers. The median paychecks in those roles are $13K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher

Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Emergency Medical Services, Telecommunications, Typing, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 8 percent. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $31K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $35K. For Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $37K. 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 $44K on average.

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Experience Affects Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries

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$33,000

Skills That Affect Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries

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National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 180 votes.

Gender

Female
61%
female alumni
 
Male
39%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%