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Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salary

Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $14.76 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $10.18 per hour to $22.38. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers (61 percent) who took the survey are women. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,444 - $52,331
(Median)
$23K
$35K
$52K
MEDIAN: $34,622
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$10.18 - $22.38
(Median)
$10
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,444 - $52,331  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $965  
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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$22,282 - $51,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 271
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $22.38  
   
Overtime
$15.79 - $35.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $965  
   
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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$22,282 - $51,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 613

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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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Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers may progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $55K annually. Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers or Police Dispatchers are common next-step roles for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers is $12K higher on average, and it's $1K higher for Police Dispatchers.

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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 Typing, Emergency Medical Services, Telecommunications, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $31K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $35K. Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $45K.

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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

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National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%