Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salary

Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers in the United States take home approximately $14.90 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $10.19 per hour and $22.31. There are more female Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 60 percent. Job satisfaction for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,639 - $52,323

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$10.19 - $22.31

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,639 - $52,323  
   
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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$22,533 - $51,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 236
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $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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$22,533 - $51,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 539
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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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There are some Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $55K annually. Typical career progression for an Emergency Dispatcher involves becoming a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer or a Police Dispatcher, roles that pay $12K more and $1K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher


Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Typing, Telecommunications, Emergency Medical Services, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Customer Service also 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 Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $31K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $35K. Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $38K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $46K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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
0%

National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 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: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%
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