Police Dispatcher Salary

Median pay for Police Dispatchers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.91 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.84 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $23.17. Police Dispatchers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 68 percent. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,415 - $53,060
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $36,212
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90%

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$10.84 - $23.17
(Median)
$11
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,415 - $53,060  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,919  
Total Pay (?
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$24,314 - $53,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.84 - $23.17  
   
Overtime
$17.94 - $36.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,919  
   
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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$24,314 - $53,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 229
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Job Description for Police Dispatcher

A police dispatcher is the first person contacted when emergency assistance is requested. Dispatchers generally work within call centers or actual police stations; while they work in shifts, the position itself is 24-7, so some may be required to work weekends or overnight shifts. They may work either alone or on teams with other dispatchers depending on the size of their department. Educational requirements are not strict, aside from a high school diploma or equivalent; initial training is available on-the-job and ongoing training is often required. Aspiring dispatchers should also be familiar with a variety of technological equipment.

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Police Dispatcher Tasks

  • Contact appropriate personnel during emergency situations.
  • Operate base radio to communicate with police department staff.
  • Greet visitors and provide directions.
  • Answer telephones and direct calls.
  • Enter dispatch calls into a computerized dispatch system.

Common Career Paths for Police Dispatcher


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Police Dispatchers who go on to become Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, an Emergency Dispatcher, an upper-level role, pays $33K.

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Survey results show that Police Dispatchers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Multitasking, Emergency Response, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent.

Pay by Experience Level for Police Dispatcher

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


Police Dispatchers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $32K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $37K. Police Dispatchers see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $41K.

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Experience Affects Police Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Police Dispatcher Salaries

Multitasking
up arrow 18%

Emergency Response
up arrow 7%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Typing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 9%
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