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

Emergency Dispatchers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $14.69 per hour. The top of the range reaches $22.04, and the bottom approaches $10.10 per hour. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. Emergency Dispatchers are largely women, dominating the profession at 60 percent. Job satisfaction for Emergency Dispatchers is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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 (?
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$21,707 - $51,287  
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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 it's uncommon, some Emergency Dispatchers move into roles as Registered Nurses, bringing in an extra $22K per year. Emergency Dispatchers go on to become Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers more often than anything else, where paychecks are higher by $12,503. Emergency Dispatchers will find lower salaries (-$2,090) when they move into an Administrative Assistant role, another well-traveled path for those in this field.

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Popular Skills for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher

Survey takers who work as Emergency Dispatchers typically report just a few professional skills. 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 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.
For Emergency Dispatchers, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Though starting salaries approximate $30K, they climb to $35K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $38K. After 20 years of work in the field, Emergency Dispatchers typically earn $41K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

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Experience Affects Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
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$33,000

Skills That Affect Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries

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$33,000

Job Satisfaction

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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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