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

The average Emergency Dispatcher in the United States earns approximately $14.69 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $10.10 per hour to $22.04. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Emergency Dispatchers (60 percent) are women. Most Emergency Dispatchers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salary (?
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$22,711 - $51,972
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MEDIAN: $34,622
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Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salary (?
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$10.10 - $22.04
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,711 - $51,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
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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$21,707 - $51,287  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 328
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $22.04  
   
Overtime
$15.39 - $35.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
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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$21,707 - $51,287  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 786
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Job Description for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher

  • 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Emergency Dispatchers who become Registered Nurses earn an extra $22K per year. Becoming a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer is, more often than not, the most common role that Emergency Dispatchers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career, and salaries hike up an additional $12,503. Another frequent advance is for Emergency Dispatchers to assume an Administrative Assistant role; in this role, workers often experience a pay cut of $2,090.

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Popular Skills for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher

Emergency Dispatchers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Telecommunications, Typing, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 8 percent, 6 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $30K, increasing to $35K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $38K after one to two decades. As Emergency Dispatchers reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $41K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries

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Customer Service
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$33,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
60%
female alumni
 
Male
40%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%
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