Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salary

Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers in the United States take home approximately $14.93 per hour on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Though the majority of Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. There are more female Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 64 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,845 - $57,180
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MEDIAN: $39,958
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$9.91 - $21.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,845 - $57,180  
   
Bonus
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$21,797 - $51,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $21.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.17 - $35.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$750  
   
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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$21,797 - $51,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 256

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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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At the upper end, Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $56K per year. When Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become 911 Dispatchers or Police Dispatchers. Those roles pay an additional $2K and $2K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher


Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers usually report a few specific 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. The majority of those who know Telecommunications also know Customer Service and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

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

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


Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $32K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $36K. Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers see a median salary of $37K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Key Stats for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries

▲40%

▲7%

▲6%

National Average
$34,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries



National Average
$34,000


▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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