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Police Dispatcher Salary

Police Dispatchers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.97 per hour. Pay ranges from $10.72 per hour on the low end to $23.38 on the high end. Female Police Dispatchers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. Though the majority of Police Dispatchers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$25,585 - $53,088
(Median)
$26K
$37K
$53K
MEDIAN: $36,885
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90%

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$10.72 - $23.38
(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
$25,585 - $53,088  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,550  
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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$24,038 - $53,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.72 - $23.38  
   
Overtime
$18.06 - $36.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,550  
   
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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$24,038 - $53,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 234

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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 imply that Police Dispatchers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Multitasking, Customer Service, Emergency Response, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Police Dispatcher

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


Police Dispatchers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $37K. Police Dispatchers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $42K.

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Experience Affects Police Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Police Dispatcher Salaries

Multitasking
up arrow 19%

Customer Service
up arrow 14%

Emergency Response
up arrow 6%

National Average
$35,000

Typing
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 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
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 11%
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