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Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salary

Median pay for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.77 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $10.12 per hour, and the top verges on $22.21. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers (61 percent) who took the survey are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,800 - $52,628
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$53K
MEDIAN: $34,775
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$10.12 - $22.21
(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
$23,800 - $52,628  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $950  
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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$22,344 - $51,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 258
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $22.21  
   
Overtime
$15.72 - $35.58  
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 - $950  
   
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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$22,344 - $51,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 582
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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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As Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $55K on average per year. It is quite typical for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers to transition into roles as Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers or Police Dispatchers, where reported median earnings are $12K and $1K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher


Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Typing, Telecommunications, Emergency Medical Services, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of 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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $31K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $35K. Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $38K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income 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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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
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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 176 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
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: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%
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