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

Pay for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers in the United States is typically around $14.69 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.10 per hour and $22.04. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers (60 percent) are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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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$10.10 - $22.04
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
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$22,711 - $51,972  
   
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$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  
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  
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 it's uncommon, some Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers move into roles as Registered Nurses, where pay is usually $55K per year. Going from Emergency Dispatcher to Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $45K. Many others choose to work as Administrative Assistants, where pay is typically $31K.

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Popular Skills for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher

Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Emergency Medical Services , 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. 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $35K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $38K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $41K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

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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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National Average
$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%