Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salary

The average Emergency Dispatcher in the United States earns approximately $14.84 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $10.14 per hour and $22.32. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women make up the majority of Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers (60 percent) who completed the questionnaire. For the most part, Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,693 - $51,566
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$52K
MEDIAN: $35,394
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$10.14 - $22.32
(Median)
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$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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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It's not very common for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers to move on to become Registered Nurses. Average pay for a Registered Nurse is $55K annually. The most common next step for an Emergency Dispatcher is to become a 911 Dispatcher or a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $12K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher


Survey takers who work as Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Emergency Medical Services, Telecommunications, Typing, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed 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.


Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $31K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $35K on average. On average, Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers make $37K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $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


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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