Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $14.84 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers (64 percent) who took the survey are female. Most Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,949 - $57,694
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,200
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$9.84 - $21.86
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,949 - $57,694  
   
Bonus
$750  
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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$21,434 - $50,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $21.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.41 - $35.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$750  
   
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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$21,434 - $50,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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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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Though some Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers move into positions like Registered Nurse (where the average salary is $56K), this progression is not the norm. Career advancement for the typical Emergency Dispatcher often leads to becoming a 911 Dispatcher or a Police Dispatcher; median salaries in these positions are $2K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher


Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Emergency Medical Services, Telecommunications, Customer Service, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Telecommunications are also skilled in Customer Service and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Pay by Experience Level for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $31K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $35K on average. On average, Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers make $39K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $48K.

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Experience Affects Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries


Telecommunications
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National Average
$34,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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