Police Dispatcher Salary

Earnings for Police Dispatchers in the United States come in at around $15.92 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $10.84 per hour and $23.37. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. For the most part, Police Dispatchers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Police Dispatchers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 68 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,415 - $53,060

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$10.84 - $23.37

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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 (?
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 - $53,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.84 - $23.37  
   
Overtime
$18.02 - $37.00  
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 - $53,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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Professional skills reported by Police Dispatchers are few in number. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Police Dispatchers make a median salary of $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 7%

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 3%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
35%
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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