Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salary

For Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers, hourly average wages total $14.89 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.20 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $22.31. Female Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 60 percent of professionals. Most Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,683 - $52,653
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$53K
MEDIAN: $34,917
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$10.20 - $22.31
(Median)
$10
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,683 - $52,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $800  
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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$22,568 - $51,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 239
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $22.31  
   
Overtime
$15.90 - $35.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $800  
   
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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$22,568 - $51,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 540
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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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Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers may progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $55K annually. 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 $12K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher


Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Typing, Telecommunications, Emergency Medical Services, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know 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 many Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $31K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher 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 $38K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Emergency Dispatcher generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $46K.

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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

Typing
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Telecommunications
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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
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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 168 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%
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