Police Dispatcher Salary

Police Dispatchers in the United States can expect wages of $15.93 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $10.93 per hour, and the top verges on $23.42. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. More than half of Police Dispatchers (67 percent) survey participants are women. The majority of Police Dispatchers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$25,380 - $52,545
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $36,225
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$10.93 - $23.42
(Median)
$11
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,380 - $52,545  
   
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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$24,324 - $53,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $23.42  
   
Overtime
$18.02 - $37.19  
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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$24,324 - $53,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 232
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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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Many Police Dispatchers move into an Emergency Dispatcher role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers on average bring in a similar salary to Police Dispatchers.

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Police Dispatchers report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Multitasking, Emergency Response, Typing, and Oral / Verbal Communication 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.


For Police 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $37K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $39K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark 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 9%

Skills That Affect Police Dispatcher Salaries

Multitasking
up arrow 18%

Typing
up arrow 6%

Emergency Response
up arrow 6%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

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: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 10%
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